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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.


Military History under Debate

The Army in Belgian History: innovative perspectives, contemporary challenges

On Wednesday 5 November 2014, Josephine Hoegaerts (KULeuven) and Nel de Mûelenaere (UA) organize a workshop on Belgium's military history in collaboration with CEGESOMA.
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11 November 2014. The Great War at the BELvue Museum

 On 11 November, the BELvue Museum organises a day for discovery. This means it will be the perfect day to visit the exhibitions Albert and Elisabeth. Filming the Life of a Royal Couple and Notre Congo. La propagande coloniale belge dévoilée.
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The CEGESOMA Collections, ever Easier to Consult

The CEGESOMA website was modified last summer, to allow among other things easier access to documentation. In this way, the new heading “find a document”, allows, by clicking on the “catalogue” tab, to consult both our general catalogue and our specialised catalogues, which were more difficult to find in the past. These include posters, interviews, broadcasts of Jours de guerre, audio material concerning daily life under the Occupation and audio material from Radio Bruxelles, video and DVD collections and VRT De Nieuwe Orde programmes. The same tab leads to collective search tools such as the common catalogue of the federal libraries.
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Europeana Collection Days

Would you like to share your family memories with the whole world? Join us in the Royal Library of Belgium on 24/10, 25/10, 5/12 or 6/12 during the Europeana Collections Days. Experts of the Royal Library will digitise your objets, letters, photographs and other documents of the First World War and introduce them to the online archives www.europeana1914-1918.eu.
This activity will take place in the Royal Library of Belgium, Mont des Arts – Bd de l'Empereur 2, 1000 Brussels, on Friday 24 and Saturday 25 October 2014, and on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 December 2014 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Please note that the Royal Library will treat maximum 5 documents per person.
Contacts : collectiondays@kbr.be – 02/519.53.11. Click here for more information.

A double issue of JBH about WWI

The JBH thematic edition is available since early October under the title: “1914-1918 : Une société sous tension/Een maatschappij onder spanning”. The theme is practically absent from the plethora of WWI-related works which appeared this year. Read more...

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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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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‘Fehlende Bilder’

 'Missing Images' is the title of an exhibition proposed by the international network of war children  BOW i.n. (Born Of War international network) to the Deutsche Dienststelle-WASt in Berlin at the occasion of its 75th anniversary. The idea and concept originate from the Belgian research project concerning the children conceived by German Wehrmacht soldiers with Belgian women during the Second World War. It is now also part of the IAP P7/22 'Justice & Populations; The Belgian Experience in International Perspective, 1795-2015', a project of which Cegesoma is a partner.
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