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Donation of the Witte Brigade (Fidelio) archives

The Witte Brigade (Fidelio) is of significant historical relevance, as it was the only armed resistance organisation headquartered in Flanders.

In 2017, we already reported on the donation of some twelve linear metres of archives from the more recently established non-profit organisation Witte Brigade (Fidelio) to CegeSoma.


Fidelio Hemiksem, Picture no 28163 @ CegeSoma/State Archives
Fidelio Hemiksem, Picture no 28163 @ CegeSoma/State Archives
The donation comprised documents from the former armed resistance group Witte Brigade (Fidelio)(AA2495), but also from the archives of the non-profit organisation Witte Brigade (Fidelio)(AA2496), the private limited liability company Home Marcel Louette (AA2497) as well as from founder Marcel Louette himself (AA2498).

Although this donation already included a series of individual files of members of the Kempisch Legioen, regarding their official recognition as resistance fighters, almost 3,800 similar individual files of WB(F) members were still to be conserved by the organisation at that time.

 

CegeSoma recently received the last remaining archives conserved by the archival and documentation centre of Witte Brigade (Fidelio). The remaining individual files of the armed resistance group can now be incorporated in the original fonds.

 Marcel Louette, chief of the Witte Brigade-Fidelio, 1940-1945, (Fonds Lejeune, picture no 32.328) @ CegeSoma/State Archives.
Marcel Louette, chief of the Witte Brigade-Fidelio, 1940-1945, (Fonds Lejeune, picture no 32.328) @ CegeSoma/State Archives.
A number of boxes with additional documents about the resistance group will be described and added to the existing collections.

Additionally, we now also keep the archives of the non-profit association Witte Brigade (Fidelio), an interesting source for the study of the post-war culture of remembrance and commemoration.

The archives of this cluster of organisations orbiting the iconic resistance group can now be consulted in the reading room of CegeSoma.

Finally, we also received a number of objects, including a uniform worn by Louette, a pistol, a radio set and other items. These objects will also receive an appropriate destination.

 

 

 

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