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From September to June, CEGESOMA regularly organises conferences and study days which aim to make recent research, sometimes concerning controversial topics, known to the public.

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LECTURE - Judiciary, resistance and violence in Brussels 1940-1944

 During the Second World War, the Belgian judiciary found itself in a difficult position: on one side, the occupying forces vehemently fought the resistance, whereas on the other side resistance groups violently attacked Germans and collaborators.

The magistrates working for the public prosecutor's office were faced with a dilemma: were they to hand over resistance fighters to the occupant, or should they suspend the prosecution of the perpetrators of violent attacks against collaborators - and thus leave the crimes unpunished?
Which decision did the magistrates take? Did their attitude change over time and if so, why? And how did the occupying forces react?

These questions will be discussed during the lecture on Friday the 24th of March 2017.

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Conference-debate – Villes en guerre 1914-1918. Wallonia and Brussels

 With B. Benvindo, M. Bost, A. Colignon and C. Kesteloot  Chaired by Anne Roekens


On Friday 20 January 2017 in our conference room, Anne Roekens (U Namur) will invite the four authors of the volumes “Bruxelles, ville occupée 1914-1918” and “La Wallonie dans la Grande Guerre”, to talk about their work and to reflect on the challenge of writing such a “visual history”. A selection of photographs from both publications will be presented and analyzed in greater detail, in order to discuss what such pictures may reveal or obscure about the past.
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The First World War in 2018, and then ?

What, in the next two years, can we still organize on the subject of the First World War ? Are there  new themes that can be addressed?  And, above all, what after 2018 ? How can we ensure that this enthusiasm continues after 2018 ?
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