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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 justice belge, l’occupant allemand et les crimes contre les Juifs: entre volonté, innovation et frustration, 1941-1951


Comment la justice belge s'est-elle comportée après la guerre par rapport à la question de la persécution des Juifs ? Dans quel cadre juridique celle-ci a-t-elle opéré ? Voici deux questions essentielles posées par Marie-Anne Weisers dans le cadre de sa thèse de doctorat dont elle viendra nous présenter quelques aspects le mercredi 6 mai 2015 à 14h.30. 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...

“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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Part of the brochures on Belgium not available

From 21st of April on, a part of the brochures on Belgium (series BR B) will be, due to their digitization, unavailable in the reading room for some months.


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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Important notice

On Thursday 14 May 2015 (Ascension Day) and on Friday 15 May 2015, the Centre will be closed.


The “Cegesoma Newsletter” no. 14 has been published

The Cegesoma Newsletter was launched in Summer 2013 and the fourteenth 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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