1914 : Going to war


On 31 July 1914, the multitude thronged at the National Bank, on rue du Bois Sauvage, behind the Saints-Michel-and-Gudule church. People wanted to exchange their money for precious metals, considered more trustworthy in a time of crisis. The war which threatened Europe created a real bank panic. From 27 July until 1 August 1914, more than 50 millions in silver were taken from the vaults of the Rue du Bois Sauvage, to be immediately hoarded. The reserves of the National Bank were at risk of total depletion.