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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 18 May, a guide will be presented to the press, 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.


Journal of Belgian History – 14-18 takes centre stage in the ‘Debate’ section


The new double issue of the JBH has been published. It contains six articles on a variation of subjects as well as a 'debate' section which, halfway through the period of the centenary commemorations of 14-18, proposes a critical view on the commemorative phenomenon, but also on the new fields of research and distribution of knowledge with regard to the First World War.
To order (50€ - postage not included), see the website of the journal: www.journalbelgianhistory.be


Two publications for sale – The Cradle of the Second World War & Archival Image

During the Second World War in Belgium, children are born out of relations between Belgian women and German soldiers. Who were there parents and how did they meet ? The book by Gerlinda Swillen, associated researcher at CegeSoma, looks into these relations and their consequences.

What makes an image an archival document ? The original idea of the study co-directed by Julie Maeck, researcher at CegeSoma is to identify, on the basis of a wide variety of media, the processes that contribute in giving the image an archival status.

New Publications - The Mysteries of Military Courts and of Contemporary Justice


The Interuniversity Attraction Pole (IAP) 'Justice and Populations' has published no less than two new publications. The first deepens our knowledge on military justice and gives an overview of the collections for future research. The second introduces the reader to the mysteries of the judicial world on the basis of a series of keywords.


Continued Holocaust Research - A necessity for Europe

 On the occasion of the commemoration of the liberation of Auschwitz in the European Parliament, Jerzy Buzek - former Prime Minister of Poland and former President of the European Parliament - and Christian Ehler - Member of the European Parliament since 2004 - call for an active role of national governments of all EU member states in supporting both national and international Holocaust research.

Since 2010 the EU, has supported the EHRI-project (of which CegeSoma is a consortium partner) in building a  European Holocaust Research Infrastructure.
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Workshop - Personal Diaries and Daily Life during the Second World War


How should we understand daily life during the Second World War and how can personal diaries serve to study this topic ? The participants of the workshopDagelijks leven in dagboeken uit de oorlogstijd”, which will be held on 31 March 2017 at CegeSoma, will tackle both essential questions. 

Publication & congress

 The Role of the Mayors during the Second World War

In his new book our colleague Nico Wouters compares the role of the mayors during the occupation of the Second World War in Belgium, the Netherlands and France (Nord and Pas-de-Calais). The publication will be presented officially in June 2017 in Canterbury during an international congress on occupations during both World Wars.

Reading Room – Changes in the Time Table


From November 2016, our reading room will be open without interruption from Tuesday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. This new time table corresponds with the one applied by our colleagues of the State Archives 2 in Brussels. This (small) diminution of our weekly opening times is also in line with the future policy of the State Archives with regard to the accessibility of its reading rooms.
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