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Welcome to CEGESOMA

CEGESOMA, Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society, is the Belgian centre of excellence for the history of 20th century conflicts. It carries out research, organises public events and holds document collections. As a federal institution it is, together with the State Archives and the Royal Library, part of the Documentation Pole. It is a platform for academic and public activities in Belgium and abroad, in particular with regard to the two World Wars.

Terrorists in Belgium? The Persecution of the Belgian Resistance by the German Military Justice (1940-1944)

During the Second World War, our country faced a terrorism problem. At least, this is how the Germans liked to define the acts of violence by the Resistance against the occupying authorities and the collaboration. For many years, historian Dimitri Roden has studied the methods by which the German military justice wanted to make Belgium a safer place, at least for the occupying authorities. He will talk about it on 2 December. Read more...

Conference “Doing Justice in Wartime”


In the framework of the PAI “Justice and Populations”, CegeSoma organises an international conference on 3 and 4 December 2015. The conference is titled "Doing Justice in Wartime. Multiple Interplays Between Justice & Populations During the Two World Wars".
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The double issue 2015 of the Journal of Belgian History has been published


This issue contains seven articles about different aspects of Belgian history, from the 19th century to the last years of the 20th century. They tackle immigration policy, the Congo, Trotskyism, resistance in WWII, the royal question, the development of retirement pensions and Flamenpolitik.


This issue also contains a 'Debate' section about the bicentenary commemorations of Waterloo, a broad overview of recent doctoral theses and many reviews.

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The Belgian Military Security Unveiled


An Exhibition Open from November 7 until December 5

CegeSoma is a partner of the “Classified” exhibition, organized by the General Intelligence and Security Service (GISS) to commemorate a century of military intelligence. The GISS was established during WWI to counter enemy espionage.
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De Ontmoeting: WWI Heritage and Research

  The “Ontmoeting” was scheduled to take place for the first time on 9 December 2015. The idea is to organise an interactive seminar which gathers history researchers with people from the Flemish cultural heritage sector. The central topic will be WWI. This seminar has been postposed until the first half of 2016. The exact date will be announced soon.
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Bruxelles, terre d’accueil ? Une histoire des Juifs dans la capitale (1930-1950)

 À l'occasion du 75e anniversaire des rafles de l'été 1942, le CegeSoma et le Musée Juif de Belgique organiseront conjointement une exposition consacrée aux Juifs de Bruxelles de 1930 à 1950.  
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A Number of Periodicals Temporarily Unavailable

The periodicals from the years between 1940 and 1944 are being digitized, and will be thus unavailable to the readers during a few months. The list of their location numbers can be found here.


CegeSoma Info: the Bulletin’s Second Life

CegeSoma Info 2015


To better meet the readers' expectations and needs, this year we decided to transform the traditional Bulletin into CegeSoma Info (available here). Our yearly publication is henceforward a 12-pages long newspaper containing around 50 short and richly illustrated articles about our activities. But there's more….
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