Universiteit Leiden

A new Cleveringa

A new  Cleveringa

Contribution: Lammert Leertouwer (rector magnificus 1991-1997)

I myself was not there when Professor Cleveringa gave his protest speech.  That day, 26 November 1940, is when we became what for me was the glory of Leiden: a bastion of freedom instead of a plaything for the occupier. And his audience understood him. We closed until Queen Wilhelmina could fully reopen the university in September 1945. We are still here. And if need be, a new Cleveringa will rise up to make sure it stays that way. That is why I love Leiden University and am proud to this day that I was able to serve as its Rector Magnificus.

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