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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.

Conference by Delphine Lauwers

Ypres. Le Verdun britannique et/ou la perle des Flandres ? Quelques considérations sur un lieu de mémoires plurielles, de 1914 à nos jours


On Wednesday 15 October 2014Delphine Lauwers will give a conference at CEGESOMA, on the subject of the past and present of Ypres as a place of remembrance. Read more...

The “Journaux de guerre 1914-1918” (France)

 Following the edition of the Journaux de Guerre and the Oorlogskranten 1914-1918, Cegesoma is now in charge of the French version of this series.

The originality of this weekly publication lies in its approach: it relates the history of the Great War through the press of the time. The outline of each issue is identical: it includes full version facsimiles of the newspapers of that period. Read more...

Rachel, Jacob, Paul et les autres. Une histoire des Juifs à Bruxelles

 A New Publication by Lieven Saerens on Jews in the CapitalIn September 2014, the new book of historian Lieven Saerens has been published: Rachel, Jacob, Paul et les autres. Une histoire des Juifs à Bruxelles. Via case studies, families, perpetrators, victims and bystanders, the reader is taken on a journey through a century of Jewish history in Brussels.
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Opening 11 September of the Exhibition: Shock ! 1914…What if War Began Tomorrow?

The German invasion of Belgium on 4 August 1914 caused a real shock. The country's neutrality, which guaranteed peace since 1839, was brutally violated.
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eBook at the State Archives

 Various Publications on the First World War Online Accessible at the State Archives

An up-to-date edition of the Guide des sources de la Première Guerre mondiale en Belgique, edited by the State Archives, has now been published as eBook (EPUB format, click here). To commemorate the centenary of the First World War, the eBook website (click here) also presents all the titles published since 2001 in the collection Études sur la Première Guerre mondiale.

Exhibition Albert & Elisabeth Extended at the Belvue Museum


The exhibition Albert and Elisabeth. Filming the Life of a Royal Couple, has been extended at the BELVue museum (http://www.belvue.be/fr). Good news, not just for those who did not yet have the opportunity to visit it, but also in view of the organisation of  school visits. The exhibition will be open from 15 September until 30 November.
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70th Anniversary of the Liberation : what do our collections hold ?

 Originally created as the Centre for Research and Studies on the History of the Second Word War in 1969, Cegesoma has, in its 45-year existence, accumulated thousands of books and photographs and hundreds of archive funds related completely or in part to the liberation of the country in the autumn of 1944.  Read more...

The special issue of JBH will appear in September 2014

The JBH thematic edition will be available in September under the title: “Tensions in Belgian society during WWI”. The theme is practically absent from the plethora of WWI-related works which appeared this year.
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