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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.


A double issue of JBH about WWI

The JBH thematic edition is available since early October under the title: “1914-1918 : Une société sous tension/Een maatschappij onder spanning”. The theme is practically absent from the plethora of WWI-related works which appeared this year. Read more...

Military History under Debate

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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Europeana Collection Days

Would you like to share your family memories with the whole world? Join us in the Royal Library of Belgium on 24/10, 25/10, 5/12 or 6/12 during the Europeana Collections Days. Experts of the Royal Library will digitise your objets, letters, photographs and other documents of the First World War and introduce them to the online archives www.europeana1914-1918.eu.
This activity will take place in the Royal Library of Belgium, Mont des Arts – Bd de l'Empereur 2, 1000 Brussels, on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 October 2014, and on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 December 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note that the Royal Library will treat maximum 5 documents per person.
Contacts : collectiondays@kbr.be – 02/519.53.11. Click here for more information.

Historikerdialog: 2015 Programme

 From the start, the Historikerdialog has stressed the importance of dialogue and transnational perspective on different topics of the Great War. With one session in 2012, three in 2013, and five in 2014, the conferences are now spread over the entire academic year, with no less than eight sessions foreseen in 2015.

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Rachel, Jacob, Paul et les autres. Une histoire des Juifs à Bruxelles

 A New Publication by Lieven Saerens on Jews in the CapitalIn September 2014, the new book of historian Lieven Saerens has been published: Rachel, Jacob, Paul et les autres. Une histoire des Juifs à Bruxelles. Via case studies, families, perpetrators, victims and bystanders, the reader is taken on a journey through a century of Jewish history in Brussels.
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‘Fehlende Bilder’

 'Missing Images' is the title of an exhibition proposed by the international network of war children  BOW i.n. (Born Of War international network) to the Deutsche Dienststelle-WASt in Berlin at the occasion of its 75th anniversary. The idea and concept originate from the Belgian research project concerning the children conceived by German Wehrmacht soldiers with Belgian women during the Second World War. It is now also part of the IAP P7/22 'Justice & Populations; The Belgian Experience in International Perspective, 1795-2015', a project of which Cegesoma is a partner.
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The “Journaux de guerre 1914-1918” (France)

 Following the edition of the Journaux de Guerre and the Oorlogskranten 1914-1918, Cegesoma is now in charge of the French version of this series.

The originality of this weekly publication lies in its approach: it relates the history of the Great War through the press of the time. The outline of each issue is identical: it includes full version facsimiles of the newspapers of that period. Read more...

Opening 11 September of the Exhibition: Shock ! 1914…What if War Began Tomorrow?

The German invasion of Belgium on 4 August 1914 caused a real shock. The country's neutrality, which guaranteed peace since 1839, was brutally violated.
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