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Belgium WWII in times of confinement

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Since 17 March, CegeSoma – just as everyone else – is affected by the confinement. However, this is an opportunity to breathe new life into our website “Belgium WWII”.

As announced earlier, the Resistance is now the central topic of the new articles published online. These articles are about underground journals  (La Voix des Belges, Churchill Gazette, Morgenrood, De Vrijschutter, etc.), biographies of  resistance fighters (Marcel Franckson, Youra Livschitz, Constant Martiny, etc.) but also large organisations and networks (such as Front de l’Indépendance, Groupe G, Mouvement national belge, etc.). Other texts deal with military history (the state of the Belgian army in 1940, the issue of war prisoners, ...). A significant number of these articles were penned by two researchers of CegeSoma who are experts in this field: Alain Colignon and Fabrice Maerten. The blog provides thought-provoking reflexions by Pierre-Alain Tallier and Delphine Lauwers about the necessity to adapt the current legislation to allow access to classified documents. These reflections are useful and necessary, even in times of confinement... Or to put it in their own words: “When thinking about it, and without looking for artificial waypoints, the difficult period we are currently living through highlights the importance of access to information every day, especially access to sensitive information. Spreading disinformation and withholding information often denotes a private appropriation of the exercise of power.”

If you would like to discover the latest articles, simply visit the home page of the website, click on the line below “explorer” to show two titles: the first one indicates the latest article made available online, the second one refers to the text on the blog. By clicking on “en savoir plus” (read more), you can access the article whose title is mentioned above. If you wish to discover all the latest additions, click on the arrow below the title to scroll through the titles.

New feature: Chronicle of the Resistance  Our chronicle can be found under the heading “événements” (events). It is constantly updated. About one hundred events related to the Resistance are listed. Activate the “résistance” filter and then click “retour” (return) to only show events about this topic. The rest of the chronology is about the history of collaboration and justice, which were the two main topic fields made available online in 2017 and 2018.

Feel free to send us your comments and suggestions. The content of the website can be updated at any time.

In addition to the articles on the website www.belgiumwwii.be, we also have published posts on Facebook about the events that took place 75 years ago. Without confinement, the current period would indeed have been marked by the commemorations of the 75th anniversary of the end of the war on the European front. We have highlighted a number of events that took place in spring 1945: For instance, the liberation of the camps of Buchenwald and Ravensbrück, the return of war prisoners, fashion in this period marked by rationing, ‘moral’ advice given to young Belgian girls, and the decisive role of Antwerp X in the fight against the V1 and V2 rockets, etc.