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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.

Heritage Days : Visit Our Building !



The 2015 edition of the Heritage Days of the Brussels-Capital Region will take place on 19 and 20 September around the theme “Workshops, Factories and Offices”. The programme offers an abundance of unusual places, illustrating this theme, that can be visited. Our building also opens its doors, but only on 20 September.
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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.


Fellowships for Holocaust Research


The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) is granting fellowships for research stays. The duration of the stays can be between four and fourteen weeks long  in about fifteen different partner institutions in Europe, Israel or the US. CegeSoma features  among the host institutions. If you are interested and would like to know more about the fellowships, the selection criteria and the call (first deadline on 30 September 2015), click here.

Journal of Belgian History. The first issue of 2015 has been published

This issue contains four articles with a wide variety of political, cultural and social themes from the nineteenth as well as the twentieth century. Read more...

Jews Were not Only Killed in Gas Chambers


During the Holocaust, over 2 million Jews were brutally shot, not in camps but in thousands of 'killing sites' spread all over Europe. With a new book, IHRA, an international alliance for Holocaust education, sheds light on this relatively unknown phenomenon. Read more...

Become Associated Researcher at CegeSoma

Participants to the course ‘How should I write my family history?’, organised in 2015 in the CegeSoma Conference Hall, in cooperation with Davidsfonds Academie. (Photo CegeSoma)
Participants to the course 'How should I write my family history?', organised in 2015 in the CegeSoma Conference Hall, in cooperation with Davidsfonds Academie. (Photo CegeSoma)

Scholarly research about 20th century conflicts has long ceased to be the exclusive domain of academic historians. Scholars from other disciplines, as well as non-academic researchers are now actively pulling their weight in the field. This yields results that are often as diverse as they are valuable.


In order to bring this varied group of researchers together in one network, CegeSoma has created the statute of Associated Researcher. This statute replaces the old network of 'correspondents'. Are you interested and would you like to know if you can qualify ? You will find all the information you need in the Associated Researcher Note.

10 / 7 / 2015

The Liberation of the Camps from a Belgian Perspective

Two Exhibitions Open until 31 December 2015

A nice way to forget the heat wave is to pay a visit to the double exhibition “Liberation ! Belgians in German camps 1945” at Kazerne Dossin and the National Memorial of the Fortress of Breendonk. Plan a visit and get immersed in the days of the liberation, a lesser-known period of the history of the concentration camps.
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Conference “Doing Justice in Wartime” - Call for Papers


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".

Find the call for papers here... 
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