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The Friends of CEGESOMA

In 1991, the Scientific Committee of the Centre for Research and Studies on the History of the Second World War decided to create a non-profit-organisation, the “Friends of the Centre for Research and Studies on the History of the Second World War”. The organisation has now more than 150 members. In 1997, to conform to the new name of the Centre, it changed its own name to “The Friends of Cegesoma”.


Its objectives are :

  • To promote the activities of the Centre with every possible means related to its subjects of research;
  • To stimulate the public interest in the Centre in particular and in the Second World War in general.


Since its creation, the Friends of Cegesoma have organised many activities and visits: a contest of war stories (the success of which led to a publication), a visit to the Maginot Line, the Fortress of Breendonk, the Jewish Museum of Deportation and Resistance in Mechelen, the Centre d'Histoire de la Guerre et des Fusées in Wizernes, the exhibition Women and War, the museum in Raversijde...


Te become a member

The annual membership fee is 12 euros payable in account number 000-1491037-50.

Members of the association are entitled to:

  • free access to the reading room;
  • invitations to the seminars (on request) and all other scientific activities organised by the Centre;
  • 30% reduction on all publications of the Centre, with the exception of the Cahiers d'histoire du temps present/Bijdragen tot de eigentijdse geschiedenis (CHTP/BEG).

If you would like to receive information or to become a member of the Friends of Cegesoma, please send a mail to asbl-vzw@cegesoma.be.



Andrée De Jongh. A Life of Resistance


A conference organized by the “Friends of CegeSoma” on 7 June 2016

Andrée De Jongh was an emblematic figure of the Belgian resistance during the Second World War. At just 20 years of age, she led the renowned escape line Comète. Historian Marie-Pierre d'Udekem d'Acoz, who has published a new biography of this extraordinary woman, will come and talk about De Jongh's lifelong commitments.
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80 Years Ago in Spain…. Three New Contributions Regarding the Role of Volunteers from Belgium During the Civil War

An afternoon organised by asbl « Les Amis du CegeSoma »  & Amsab-ISG on the 1 of June 20016. During the summer of 1936, under the leadership of general Franco, the Spanish army attempted a coup to overthrow the republican government. They met with the tenacious resistance of left-wing parties and other social organisations. As a result, Spain was divided into two bitterly opposed camps.
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Zélateurs et stipendiés des nazis en Fagne et Thiérache

Depuis sa création en 1991, l'asbl Les amis du CEGESOMA a toujours accordé un soin particulier à recueillir auprès de ses membres des témoignages révélateurs de cette période troublée. Le livre de Marcel Franckson, Zélateurs & stipendiés des nazis en Fagne & Thiérache. Dissection psycho-sociologique sur le terrain, 1943-1944, publié en ce début 2009, s'inscrit dans cette ligne. Œuvre d'un témoin privilégié du dernier conflit mondial, il est à la fois le reflet du vécu d'un homme qui a ressenti les évènements dans sa chair et le fruit d'une analyse basée sur des documents et témoignages d'époque.
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