Entretiens sur la vie quotidienne sous l'occupation

Discussions about everyday life in Walloon Brabant, Hainaut and Namur 1940-1944 (Seminars by Jacques Lory - UCL)

Fonds description:

Everyday life in Walloon Brabant, Hainaut and Namur (1940-1945) and the occupation of Belgium in general (collection Jacques Lory): seminar works, 1984-1998.

As from 1984, professor Jacques Lory supervised the investigations by the students of the contemporary history seminars at UCL into everyday life in Wallonia during the occupation and from the Liberation onwards. These seminars started in 1984-1985 with a study of the Liberation in 47 non-merged municipalities of Walloon Brabant. They continued in 1986-1987 and 1989-1990 with two series of analyses bearing this time on 71 municipalities of the same region during the occupation. In 1993-1994, everyday life from 1940 to 1944 was scrutinised in 35 municipalities of the Namur region. Finally, the fifth and last seminar, in 1997-1998, was dedicated to 19 municipalities in Hainaut during the same period.

Thanks to their the scope, originality, and methodological character, the 113 works produced and the roughly 1.100 oral accounts gathered in the course of these five seminars form a top-tier source for the study of the history and the memory of the Second World War in Belgium at local level.  Nearly all works and the vast majority of the interview recordings are today accessible for research in the reading rooms of CegeSoma.

Furthermore, the finding aids mentioned above help researchers to make a selection of those interviews that might be of interest on the basis of some twenty key information about each oral account. For example: first and last name of the interviewee, his or her date of birth, marital status, place of residence, profession at the time of the events, the reference of the written summary, and the reference of the digital file of the interview.

For more information:

  • Maerten Fabrice, De l'utilisation des sources orales pour l'étude de la Seconde Guerre mondiale à I'échelon local. L'exemple des séminaires sur la vie quotidienne en Wallonie menés à l'UCL entre 1984 et 1998, Revue belge d’histoire contemporaines, 2019, no. 2-3