Three associated researchers of CegeSoma just published new works and a fourth researcher brought out the French translation of a book published in 2018.
The publication of Frank Seberechts entitled 'Vechten voor de vrede' (Fighting for Peace) deals with the liberation of Antwerp in September 1944. This liberation was not instantly followed by times of peace, because the city and the port were actually not fully liberated directly as they continued to be bombarded by V1 and V2 rockets, and it had to be decided what to do with collaborators, how to welcome back war prisoners, political prisoners, forced labourers, etc … A liberation of joy, doubts and sadness. Frank Seberechts, 'Vechten voor de vrede', Antwerpen, Polis, 2019, 296 p.
In his book 'De papegaai is niet dood. Geheime agenten Albert Deweer, Albert Mélot en Albert Wouters - Gent 1944' Marc Verschooris relates the history - marked by sometimes dramatic unexpected developments - of three secret agents during the Second World War. The story is based on scores of archive documents and photographies that were unexplored up to now. Marc Verschooris, 'De papegaai is niet dood. Geheime agenten Albert Deweer, Albert Mélot en Albert Wouters - Gent 1944', AE Gorredijk, Sterck & De Vreese, 2019, 272 p.
The latest publication by Gerlinda Swillen 'Der Zweite Weltkrieg ist unsere Wiege. Eine ostbelgische Geschicht (mit Zeitzeugenberichten von Wehrmachts- und GI-Kriegskindern)' is based on testimonies and relates the history of a hidden and forgotten generation of children born from a relationship between a Belgian woman and a German Wehrmacht soldier, and as from 1944, between a Belgian woman and a G.I. The existence of these war children and their untreated suffering remained a taboo subject for many years. Recent and current conflicts show that the issue is still topical however… Gerlinda Swillen, 'Der Zweite Weltkrieg ist unsere Wieg. Eine ostbelgische Geschicht'. (mit Zeitzeugenberichten von Wehrmachts- und GI-Kriegskindern), Eupen, Grenz-Echo Verlag, 2019, 280 p.
The latest book by Paul De Jongh titled 'Résistance sans frontières. Enquête sur les groupes d'espionnage et les lignes d'évasion (1940-1943)' is the French translation of 'Grenzeloos verzet. Over spionerende monniken, ontsnappingslijnen en het Hannibalspiel (1940-1943)' published in 2018.
Paul De Jongh examines the resistance during the Second World War from each side of the Belgian-Dutch border. He follows the track of two monks from the Val-Dieu abbey who were executed in 1943 together with other members of the resistance. He traces back the history of the espionage groups and the excape routes of the region. This account sheds light on the role played by the Church and by the abbey in particular, but also by the families of the two clergymen. Paul De Jongh, 'Résistance sans frontières. Enquête sur les groupes d'espionnage et les lignes d'évasion (1940-1943)', Waterloo, La Renaissance du Livre, 366 p.