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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.

La guerre des ondes

Experience the atmosphere of occupation in Flagey The radio was a mighty weapon during the Second World War. The occupier made use of it to send its propaganda to the Belgian homes. It also sent hopeful messages from the free zones to the occupied population. You are invited to Flagey on Tuesday 31 March to listen to authentic broadcasts from WWII. The event will be in French.

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Double exhibition: Liberation! Belgians in German Camps

CegeSoma, Kazerne Dossin and the National Memorial of the Fortress of Breendonk have joined forces to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi camps. The double exhibition 'Liberation! Belgians in German Camps' will open on 2 April 2015 in the Kazerne Dossin museum and in the Fortress of Breendonk. It will exhibit photographs never shown before, presenting revelatory sights of the last months of the war.
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Important notice

On Monday 6 April 2015 (Easter Monday), the CEGESOMA will be closed.


Spring Conference KNHG: Towards a New History of WWII ?

On 21 April 2015, the Royal Netherlands Historical Society, together with NIOD and CegeSoma organise a congress titled “Towards a new history of the Second World War?”. Influential historians will tackle the theme of Second World War historiography in Belgium and the Netherlands. The congress will open with a lecture by Martin Conway, who will place the topic in an international context, and end with another by Peter Romijn.
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Les sources de la justice militaire enfin explorées

L'histoire de la justice militaire, supprimée en 2004, a longtemps été ignorée. Elle sera le thème de la journée d'étude “Ressources et usages des archives de la justice militaire”, à l'École Royale Militaire, le 30 avril 2015. N'hésitez pas à vous y inscrire. Read more...

The “Cegesoma Newsletter” no. 13 has been published

The Cegesoma Newsletter was launched in Summer 2013 and the thirteenth 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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“War & Fatherland” Colloquium Programme Announced


This autumn, the international colloquium “War & Fatherland. Nations, Identities and the First World War” will take place in Brussels. Outstanding Belgian and foreign historians will debate on nationalism and collective identities during and in the aftermath of WWI. Read more...

New English issue of the JBH

 The fourth issue of each annual volume contains exclusively English content. We aim to create higher visibility of Belgian modern and contemporary history. Read more...
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