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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.

Closure on Whitsun Monday

Please note that the Cegesoma will be closed on Monday 25 May 2015 (Whitsun Monday).


Exceptional Conference: the Investigation of Julien Lahaut's Murder


Join us on 20 May 2015 to hear the authors of the recently published book Qui a tué Julien Lahaut (Renaissance du Livre). The study is the result of an investigation ordered by the Senate and carried out by researchers from CegeSoma. Emmanuel Gerard, Françoise Muller and Widukind De Ridder will present the results of this captivating inquiry. Read more...

The Story of the “Journaux de Guerre” continues!


“Don't mess with success” they say, so the Journaux de Guerre 1914-1918 series continues with 20 more issues covering the interbellum (1919-1939). In partnership with the London-based editor Albertas, CegeSoma invites you for a plunge in the troubled years between the two world wars. The formula is basically the same: reediting an exceptional selection of original newspapers dating from the period. Read more...

Les brochures des mouvements de collaboration en voie de numérisation

Nous avons commencé la numérisation de quelque 500 brochures éditées par les mouvements de collaboration pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale.
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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...

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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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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The Mons Memorial Museum Open to the Public

 This Saturday 4 April 2015, the Mons Memorial Museum opens its doors. This is a place where we learn about the eventful history of the capital of the Hainaut province, and a place of reflection on the relation between civilians and soldiers during the two World Wars. CegeSoma has contributed to the wealth of documents on display.
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