Welcome to CegeSoma (State Archives)

Who are we? CegeSoma is the fourth operational direction of the State Archives and the Belgian centre of expertise for the history of 20th century conflicts. We conduct fundamental historical research, develop public history projects, conserve archives and documentation and are engaged in societal debate.

Focus

The former camp guards of the Auffanglager Breendonk were sentenced by a court martial in Mechelen in spring 1946. © Fort Breendonk / War Heritage Institute

Hidden passions? The archives of the military justice and their modalities of access

The archives of the military justice are of great scientific and social value. Over the past five years, the State Archives has handled more than 1,400 requests for access to these records. In a recent article for META. Tijdschrift voor bibliotheek & archief , archivist...

Agenda

Bruno De Wever & Koen Aerts, copyrights Thomas De Boever
Conference

“Oorlogscafés”: Collaboration and repression in Flanders

On 24 November, Koen Aerts ( UGent /State Archives-CegeSoma) and Bruno De Wever ( UGent ) launched a new type of lectures in Gent titled “ Oorlogscafés ”. Partners are the Davidsfonds and the...Read more

24/11 2022 to 24/04 2023
Conference

Le mystère de la femme sans tête (The mystery of the headless woman)

Conference-debate with guest speaker Myriam Leroy. Hosted by Chantal Kesteloot.

On a freezing day of December 2020, the journalist and author Myriam Leroy decided to defy the lockdown rules and go for a walk around Ixelles...Read more

22/02 2023