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Welcome to CEGESOMA/State Archives of Belgium

CEGESOMA, Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and 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. It is since 1 January 2016 the fourth Operational Directory of the State Archives. It is a platform for academic and public activities in Belgium and abroad, in particular with regard to the two World Wars.


Results of the conference War and Fatherland are published

 On 14-15 October 2015, CegeSoma with all Belgian universities organizes the international conference 'War and Fatherland'. Almost three years later, the results are published in the edited volume 'Nations, Identities and the First World War'.

The book is edited by Nico Wouters (CegeSoma) and Laurence van Ypersele (Université Catholique de Louvain), has fifteen chapters and was published by Bloomsbury. Read more...

Brussels, November 1918. From War to Peace?

 On 26 September, the exhibition 'Brussels, November 1918' will open in the BELvue Museum, an initiative of CegeSoma/State Archives.

The exhibition wants to evoke the last months of the war and the first months of peace in the city of Brussels.

In the past years, the occupation years were the core of the multiple commemorative events. Now it is time to focus on the transition from war to peace. Read more...

Decease of Jacques Lory, former member of the Scientific Committee of CegeSoma

 Historian Jacques Lory, professor emeritus at the University of Louvain-la-Neuve (UCL) and the University of Saint-Louis, passed away on 13 August. He became a member of the Scientific Committee of our Centre in 1972, to which he participated assiduously until its cessation in 1999. With him an important part of the memory of our institution disappears, as well as a discreet but important contributor to the historiography of the Second World War in Belgium.

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Zoé Grumberg’s EHRI fellowship at CEGESOMA

 Zoé Grumberg is a third-year PhD Candidate at the Center of History of Sciences Po Paris, where she prepares, under the supervision of prof Claire Andrieu, a Phd  "S'engager et militer, reconstruire la vie juive, lutter contre l'oubli. Les Juifs communistes yiddishophones après la Shoah, Paris, 1944-années 1950" 'Engagement and militancy : reconstruction of Jewish life, struggle against forgetting : the Yiddish-speaking Communist Jews in Paris after the Shoah, Paris 1944- 1950's'.

 

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Du café liégeois au Soldat inconnu. La Belgique et la Grande Guerre.

 Looking at a past that has forever marked our history


The authors of this book have wanted to describe a certain number of events of the First World War, but also the traces that the conflict left on Belgian society. The aim was not to be exhaustive, or several volumes would not have sufficed.

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‘To End All Wars?’ International Conference at the End of the Memorial Year 2018

 The In Flanders Fields Museum and Cegesoma organize the four-day international conference To End All Wars? – Geopolitical Aftermath and  Commemorative Legacies of the First World War.
This international (English-language) conference will take place in Ypres, 22 - 25 August 2018.

 

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The Readers Card becomes Free of Charge

 From 1 June 2018, access to the 19 reading rooms of the Belgian State Archives (including the CegeSoma reading room) becomes free of charge.

This new measure aims to make the Belgian archives accessible to all citizens. Prices for research-services and costs for 'reproductions on demand' however increase substantially.

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Yearly meeting of the ASF Volunteers at CegeSoma

 On 19 June, the yearly meeting of the ASF volunteers and their project partners took place in the conference room of CegeSoma.

 

For 60 years, the ASF (Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste), an association founded by opponents of Nazism, sends each year some 170 young German volunteers to countries where the population has suffered from the crimes committed by the Nazis during the Second World War. The first ASF volunteers arrived in Belgium in 1963. Read more...

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