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For many years CegeSoma has been fortunate to have a dynamic team of volunteers at its disposal. The head of the Documentation Sector, Fabrice Maerten, coordinates the valuable activities of this team. They consist in the classification and inventorisation of our archive collections that concern mainly the political and cultural history of Belgium from 1940 to the 1970s, focusing in particular on the two World Wars. The volunteers occupy a spacious office in the recently renovated part of the building, on the fourth floor. They enjoy the same logistic support as CegeSoma staff and are also included in the multiple collective activities of the institution.


Please contact Fabrice Maerten if you wish to become a volunteer at CegeSoma.


In 2016, the team of volunteers consists of:

  • Gilbert Pandelaers, Bruno Picard, Nico Theunissen and Christian Vanneste who classify and inventorize archive collections under the guidance of Mathieu Roeges.
  • Mania Kozyreff who works in the library department under the supervision of Alain Colignon. She classifies press cuttings and verifies descriptions of books in Pallas.

CegeSoma can also count on the competent support of the volunteers of the Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste (ASF). Thus, since September 2016, Katharina Austilat is part of the reading room team while also assisting the  Documentation Sector. 

Volonteers – Departure of the Most Senior Member of the Team


After Gilbert Waeyenbergh, who after 20 years of intensive work accomplished the complete filing of the photographs of the pro-German press agency Sipho, left CegeSoma in December 2013, we now face the departure of the dedicated Pierre Brolet. He will leave the Centre this November 2016. He leaves us with dozens of inventories and lists allowing an easy access to the multiple archive collections.
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Les bénévoles et stagiaires

Un apport de premier ordre pour le Cegesoma

 En ces temps de rigueur budgétaire, notre institution n'a pu disposer de moyens financiers pour accueillir de jeunes jobistes au cours de ces deux derniers étés. Aussi le concours des stagiaires et surtout des bénévoles est-il précieux, en particulier pour accomplir une partie des nombreuses tâches liées au classement et à la mise à la disposition du public de la documentation. Read more...

CEGESOMA, partner of Austrian Service Abroad

Austrian Service Abroad is an organization that provides positions for an alternative 12-month civil service abroad. It can take the form of Social Service, Peace Service, or Holocaust Memorial Service (commemorating the victims of national-socialism, in particular Holocaust memorial). Since November 2011, Cegesoma has been a recognized partner institution, giving young Austrians the opportunity to work there as volunteers.
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Cegesoma and the Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste, a successful cooperation

In April 2008, Cegesoma embarked on a successful cooperation with the Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste (ASF) by welcoming young German volunteers to its institution. The ASF is a German organisation that wants to promote the relationship between generations, cultures and religions, while considering the consequences of Nazism in the different European countries. It was founded after the war as a response to the aftermath of the national socialist regime. It endeavours to alert society to the consequences of this violent period and to fight against all forms of racism, anti-Semitism and exclusion of minorities.

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