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Lieven Saerens

 Lieven Saerens (°1958) studied history at the catholic university of Leuven. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the issue of Antwerp's attitude towards the Jews during the period 1880-1944. He has been awarded the 'Hubert Pierlot' price as well as the price of the Province of Antwerp for his doctoral thesis. In the 1980s, he has collaborated to several broadcasts of the Belgian Radio and Television on the subject of Belgium during the Second World War.

In 1987, he became archivist in the KADOC (Catholic Documentation Centre) in Leuven and he has been a researcher at CEGESOMA since 2002. He is involved in many of the institution's projects concerning the question of the judeocide. Since 2004 he is Dutch-language editorial assistent of the academic review of Cegesoma, i.e. the Cahiers d'histoire du temps présent until 2011 and from 2012, the Journal of Belgian History. Finally, he is also in charge of the questions of a scientific nature by the Dutch-speaking public.

His fields of research are the attitude towards the Jews (from approx. 1880 to 1950), Jewish demography, the cultural history of the interwar period and the Second World War, and the post-war collaboration trials.

 

Has left the Centre on June 2017.

 

Books

  • Rachel, Jacob, Paul et les autres. Une histoire des Juifs à Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Mardaga/CEGESOMA, 2014, 272 p.
  • (with Dirk Martin), Steden in oorlog. Antwerpen 1940-1945, Antwerpen/Brussel, Meulenhoff/Manteau-SOMA, 2010, 164 p. Traduit en français sous le titre Anvers sous l'Occupation, 1940-1945, Bruxelles, Renaissance du livre-CEGES, 2010, 164 p.
  • (ism Frans Van den Brande) Tussen Antwerpen en heide : Joods cultuurleven in een bewogen tijd 1880-1944, Peter Wouters, 2009.
  • De Jodenjagers van de Vlaamse SS. Gewone Vlamingen ?, Tielt, 2007.
  • Étrangers dans la cité. Anvers et ses Juifs (1880-1944), Bruxelles, 2005.
  • Inventaris van het archief Anton A. Jozef (Jef) Van Bilsen. 1913-1996, KADOC Reeks Inventarissen en Repertoria nr. 59, Leuven, 2002.
  • Inventaris van het archief van de familie Lammens-Verhaegen. Ca. 1820-1950, KADOC Reeks Inventarissen en Repertoria nr. 61, Leuven, 2002.
  • Vreemdelingen in een wereldstad. Een geschiedenis van Antwerpen en zijn joodse bevolking (1880-1944), Tielt, 2000.
  • Inventaris van het archief van Ast Fonteyne. 1906-1991, KADOC Reeks Inventarissen en Repertoria nr. 43, Leuven, 1996.
  • Inventaris van het archief van Robert Vandekerckhove. 1917-1980, KADOC Reeks Inventarissen en Repertoria nr. 44, Leuven, 1996.
  • Inventaris van het archief van de familie Joseph de Hemptinne (ca. 1858-1950), KADOC Reeks Inventarissen en Repertoria nr. 45, Leuven, 1996.
  • Katholiek Vlaanderen en de joden. 1933-1940. Vijftig jaar Kristallnacht, Leuven, 1988 (tentoonstellingscatalogus).

Recent articles

  • "Jodenvervolging", in  Bruno De Wever, Helen Grevers, Rudi Van Doorslaer and Jan Julia Zurné (dir.), Knack Historia. België 40-45, Roeselare, Roularta, 2015, p. 94-101.
  • "Het verhaal van een Joodse familie in oorlogstijd. Verzet in Brussel", in Memo Geschiedenis, n° 12 [déc. 2014], p. 76-79.
  • "Een foto van een jodentransport uit Antwerpen ?” in Hermes. Tijdschrift voor geschiedenis, n° 53, 2013, p. 31-41.
  • "Van vergeten naar gegeerd. Dossin en de Joodse herinnerin", in BTNG / RBHC / JBH, 2012, nr. 2/3, p. 138-169.
  • "Debate. Insa Meinen: The Persecution of the Jews in Belgium through a German Lens", in JBH / RBHC / BTNG, 2012, nr. 4, p. 200-217.
  • "Anvers date inconnue", in Bruno De Wever, Martine Van Asch en Rudi Van Doorslaer (dir.), Belges en guerre. Images inconnues, histoires insolites, Waterloo, 2012, p. 74-81.
  • (with Dirk Martin), "Tant qu'ils nous laissent en paix (Villes en guerre – Anvers)", in Le Vif-l'Express extra, 3 fév. 2012, p. 34-37.
  • (with Dirk Martin), "Zolang ze ons maar met rust laten (Antwerpen, stad in oorlog)", in Knack, Stedenspecial Antwerpen, 23.3.2011.
  • Participation at Idesbald Goddeeris (red.), Revoluties onder historici. Gesprekken over internationalisering, democratisering en andere veranderingen in de academische wereld, Tielt, 2011. 
  • “Een ochtend in oorlogstijd. Een vrachtwagen propvol mensen in een eenzame straat”, in: BEG, nr. 22, 2010, p. 211-226.
  • "'…. Ik heb een mama en een papa en ik heb een moeder en een vader'", in Bruno De Wever, Martin Van Asch en Rudi Van Doorslaer (red.), Gekleurd verleden. Familie in oorlog, Tielt, 2010, p. 96-99. 
  • "Lieven Saerens, 'geschiedschrijver van zijn tijd"/gesprek met : Lieven Saerens", in Tijdingen uit Leuven : tijdschrift van de Vereniging Historici Lovanienses, Leuven, Peter Verbist, 2009, n° 2, p. 9-29.
  • “Mechelen: de Dossinkazerne. De moord op de joden”, in Jo Tollebeek, Geert Beulens, Gita Deneckere, Chantal Kesteloot & Sophie De Schaepdrijver (red.), België. Een parcours van herinnering. Dl. II: Plaatsen van tweedracht, crisis en nostalgie, Amsterdam, 2008, p. 234-249.
  • “Antisémitisme et xénophobie”, in Paul Aron & José Gotovitch (red.), Dictionnaire de la Seconde Guerre mondiale en Belgique, Brussel, 2008, p. 41-43.
  • “Belgien”, in Wolfgang Benz (red.), Handbuch des Antisemitismus. Judenfeindschaft in Gechichte und Gegenwart. Dl. I: Länder und Regionen, München, 2008, p. 46-51.
  • “De anti-Joodse politiek van nazi-Duitsland, 1933-1945”, in Rudi Van Doorslaer (red.), Gewillig België. Overheid en Jodenvervolging tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog, Antwerpen-Amsterdam, 2007, p. 25-50.
  • “La politique antijuive de l'Allemagne nazie (1933-1945)”, in Rudi Van Doorslaer (red.), La Belgique docile. Les autorités belges et la persécution des Juifs en Belgique durant la seconde guerre mondiale, Brussel, 2007, p. 21-46.
  • “The attitude of the Belgian Catholic Church towards the Persecution of Jews”, in Lieve Gevers & Jan Banks (red.), Religion under Siege. Dl. I: The Roman Catholic Church in Occupied Europe (1939-1950), Leuven-Parijs-Dudley, MA, 2007, p. 243-281.
  • “The General Attitude of the Protestant Churches in Belgium Regarding the Jews (from the End of the 19th Century to the Second World War)”, in Lieve Gevers & Jan Banks (red.), Religion under Siege. Dl. II: Protestant, Orthodox and Muslim Communities in Occupied Europe (1939-1950), Leuven/Parijs/Dudley, MA, 2007, p. 265-281.

International conference "The impact of WWI on marriages, divorces and gender relations in Europe"

 International conference, “The impact of WWI on marriages, divorces and gender relations in Europe
5-6 October 2017, KULeuven

On Thirsday 5 and Friday 6 October, the KULeuven will hold a conference  on “The impact of WWI on marriages, divorces and gender relations in Europe ». This conference will examine the mutual influences of war, gender relations, and marriage and divorce patterns during and after the First World War. Read more...

PUBLICATION - a Clear and Accessible Guide on the Sources of the Post-War Purges

 Archives providing information on the post-war purges (the so-called 'repression') and its aftermath are not always very accessible to a layperson. On 13 September, a guide will be published, giving an overview of the archives that allow to reconstruct the individual trajectory of those who were confronted with the purges. The guide is an initiative of Ghent University, the ULB, the State Archives and CegeSoma and explains in a clear language how the different sources can be used. The guide will be presented the same day to the press at CegeSoma, in the presence of the Secretary of State of Science Policy, Zuhal Demir. The event is open to the public but spaces are limited. Registration by e-mail is mandatory.

READING ROOM - Exceptional closure on Wednesday 13 September & Wednesday 27 September

1936 - © CegeSoma
1936 - © CegeSoma
The reading room will be closed exceptionally on Wednesday 13 September & Wednesday 27 September because of two press conferences on these days (the first about the booklaunch of Papy était-il un nazi ? / Was Opa een nazi ?; the second about the launch of the virtual platform BELGIUM WWII).

EXHIBITION - Brussels, welcoming city?

 Starting October 13, the Jewish Museum of Belgium will host the exhibition 'Brussels: welcoming city?'. Co-organised by the Jewish Museum and the Belgian State Archives, this exhibition recalls nearly two centuries (from 1830 until today) of migration history, focusing on the life stories of newcomers who either passed through the Belgian capital, or settled there forever. The historical narrative is complemented by a presentation of recent work by immigrant artists, devoted to the cultural diversity of present-day Brussels.   

EXHIBITION - Brussels, welcoming city?

 Starting October 13, the Jewish Museum of Belgium will host the exhibition 'Brussels: welcoming city?'. Co-organised by the Jewish Museum and the Belgian State Archives, this exhibition recalls nearly two centuries (from 1830 until today) of migration history, focusing on the life stories of newcomers who either passed through the Belgian capital, or settled there forever. The historical narrative is complemented by a presentation of recent work by immigrant artists, devoted to the cultural diversity of present-day Brussels.

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CegeSoma recruits

CegeSoma recruits a Data Import Manager for EHRI-II.  

CegeSoma is currently recruiting a Data Import Manager for the EHRI-II project (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure). Diplomas in the Humanities are eligible, but nevertheless technical- and communication skills are essential. The deadline for all applications is 5 July 2017. You can find all information on the profile and the procedure in this description.

BELGIUM WWII – A virtual platform on the Second World War

 At a time when reliable information on sensitive subjects seems more important than ever, CegeSoma is developing a virtual platform on Belgium and its inhabitants during the Second World War. The website Belgium WWII will be launched at the end of September 2017.

We offer a glimpse of the first themes. 
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