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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.


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The Army in Belgian History: New Perspectives, New Challenges

CEGESOMA, Josephine Hoegaerts (KU Leuven) and Nel de Mûelenaere (University of Antwerp) invite you to a workshop on 5 November 2014.
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Albert and Elisabeth: Filming the Life of a Royal Couple

Like every year, the Brussels Palace will open its doors during the summer months for the public to discover the  “Science and Culture at the Palaceexhibition, starting on Tuesday 22 July 2014.
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The “Cegesoma Newsletter” no. 7 has been published

The Cegesoma Newsletter was launched in Summer 2013 and the seventh issue has just been published. It can be consulted here .

As a reminder, the principal objective of this publication is to inform of scholarly events, public history and documentation of Cegesoma.

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The First Issue of the JBH 2014 has been published !

 The spring issue of the Journal of Belgian History comprises four original contributions on 20th century Belgium. It offers analyses of a number of fault lines in Belgian history since the 1930s, as well as a diplomatic trip to Hungary.
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Examining Belgian Schoolbooks on WW I

 The next Historikerdialog on 16 September in Bruges

The next Historikerdialog will take place on Tuesday 16 September 2014 in the College of  Europe in Bruges. The German (art) historian Kerstin Schwedes will exchange views with cultural history expert Kaat Wils (Leuven) on the transfer of war narratives in school books. International dialogue at its best.
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Write Your Family History

A practical course, in cooperation with Davidsfonds Academie

 Something entirely different this autumn: in cooperation with Davidsfonds Academie we organize a four-part (Dutch-language) course on how to write your family history. As participation is limited, we advise you to register as soon as possible!
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Eating During the Occupation – Exhibits Emiel De Winter Catalogued

 Under record number AA 1314, CEGESOMA keeps a sizable fund of exhibits which relate to the trials of individual cases of collaboration with the occupying authorities in the period 1940-1944. These exhibits consist of documents seized by the Military Prosecutor's Office in 1944 and 1945.  57 boxes of the fund originate from various services that fell under the responsibility of Emiel De Winter, Secretary-General of Food and Agriculture.
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Press Release

Censored Newspapers of the First World War Online

 From 12 June 2014, it will be possible to read the censored newspapers of the First World War at home. They will be available on The Belgian War Press website, where the clandestine press of the two world wars is already accessible. This online publication, an initiative of CEGESOMA (Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society), will also enable new search methods.
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