- St. Vith
Infobox Belgium Municipality
mayor=Christian Krings (Krings-FBL)
web= [http://www.st.vith.be/ www.st.vith.be]
St. Vith ( _de. Sankt Vith; _fr. Saint-Vith; _lb. Sankt Väit) is a
municipalitylocated in the Belgian province of Liège, and in the German speaking community in Belgium. It was named after Saint Vitus.
January 1 2006, St. Vith had a total population of 9,169. The total area is 146.93 km², giving a population densityof 62 inhabitants per km². The official language in the municipality is German.
St. Vith was an important marketplace for the region by the 12th century and received town rights in 1350. The town was burnt in 1543, 1602, and 1689. It was part of
Luxembourguntil the defeat of Napoleon.As a result of the Congress of Viennait was given to Prussia.
St. Vith was annexed by Belgium on
March 6, 1925, after the defeat of the German Empirein World War I. An important road and railway junction, St. Vith was fought over in the 1944 Battle of the Bulgeduring World War II. The United States Armydefended the town against German assault for a few days, delaying the German attack plan, before eventually retreating. Once it was captured by German forces, the town was bombed by the US Air Forceon 25 and 26 December 1944. St. Vith was largely destroyed during the ground battle and subsequent air attack. American forces retook the town on January 23, 1945. The only remaining pre-war architecture is the Büchel Tower.
St. Vith is the setting for
Michael Oren's novel, "Reunion", concerning the fictional reunion of an American battalion which participated in the Battle of the Bulge.
* [http://www.st.vith.be/index_english.htm Official website]
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