For several years, CegeSoma can count on the help of a dynamic and diverse team of volunteers. The majority of them works under the supervision of Fabrice Maerten, the member of staff responsible for the valorization of collections.
Most of our volunteers do a precious work in the filing of documents and archives and in creating inventories of our collections (that mostly cover Belgian history between 1914 and the 1970s, with a focus on both World Wars). One of our volunteers is responsible for press clippings and files. Two young volunteers, from Germany and Austria, have joined our team and conduct several tasks for the reception of our public, for the archival section and for communication.
Our volunteers have access to a landscape office and can make use of the same basic infrastructures of our staff. They are obviously involved in the multiple activities of our centre.
Do you have some spare time and do you have a keen interest in the careful filing of archives, press clippings and photographs, don't hesitate to contac Fabrice Maerten.
Who are the Volunteers of CegeSoma ?
Roland Baumann is an art historian (ULB) and a social anthropologist (Tulane University, New Orleans). His Ph.D. dissertation focused on folklore and the memory of civil war in Eastern Andalusia. Professor of Art History and Visual Communication (INRACI), he also taught seminars on the anthropology of war and in visual anthropology (ULB).
His interest in GegeSoma derives from his own family history in WW2. His father was an Intelligence and Action agent (ARA) and a political prisoner. His uncle served in the Belgian section of the Royal Navy.
Emile Dejehansart is a graduate in Law (ULB) and has had a career as a magistrate. His activities as a military and judicial magistrate and the ties of this family history with the Second World War encouraged him to contact CegeSoma.
He works at CegeSoma since early October 2017 and is in charge of the filing of the research collection "Eric Laureys" (spoliation of Jewish diamond-traders by the Nazis).
Marc De Win is a jurist by training and completed his career as a general advisor with the president of the SPF (Public Health, Food Chain Safety and Environment) at the end of August 2017. After his retirement, he wanted to continue to carry out intellectual work.
He decided to apply as volunteer to CegeSoma after consulting the website of the institute. His began working at CegeSoma in October 2017 and since then he continues to work on inventories of archival holdings every Wednesday, to make them further accessible for research.
For ten years now (Assessment of a successful partnership), CegeSoma can also count on the support of a German volunteer in the framework of the Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste (ASF). Matthias Domsgen joined CegeSoma on 14 September 2020. He works in the departments Documentation (classification of photographs, feeding Excel files with data about the archive holdings) and and does translations into German. He remains in Belgium until 31 August 2021.
Florian Kössler joined CegeSoma on 1 September 2020 where he performs his Austrian civilian community service until June 2021. He works in the departments Documentation (classification of photographs, feeding Excel files with data about the archive holdings) and Digitisation (scanning of negatives, etc.).
Mania Kozyreff works for the library under the responsibility of Alain Colignon. She is a retired librarian at UCLouvain in Louvain-la-Neuve, Faculty of Philosophy, Arts and Letters (history). Mania Kozyreff joined CegeSoma in 2005 out of personal interest. She is responsible for press clippings and identifies the people listed in keywords in the Pallas catalogue.
Francis Lambrechts is a sales engineer by training and exercised his last professional activity in the field of human resources management at Orange for about twenty years, until his retirement in September 2016.
He arrived at CegeSoma in May 2017 and files archives every Monday and Thursday afternoon. His interest in CegeSoma is linked to family reasons (his father was a RAF pilot).
Dirk Martin is a doctor in history from VUB. He worked at CegeSoma as a scientific collaborator from 1979 until 2016. He was in charge of the Documentation department for many years and was acting director of CegeSoma in 2016. His research bears on the foreign policy of Belgium before, during and after the Second World war, municipal policy during the interwar period and various aspects of the history of the occupation. As a member of the team of volunteers since 2018, he mainly pens translations of scientific texts.
Yvette Martin holds a diploma in business management and insurance brokerage. Thanks to her interest in contemporary history, especially in the history of the First and the Second World War, and due to her family history, she decided to join our team of volunteers in august 2020. She draws up lists of individual files on members of the Resistance.
Bruno Picard holds a degree in law as well as in commercial and consular sciences. After his work as a commercial trader in a company belonging to the Mitsubishi group, he joined CegeSoma in 2000 thanks to Alain Colignon. Since then, he has been volunteering and working in the archives.
Maximilian Pröll joined CegeSoma on 1 September 2020 where he performs his Austrian civilian community service until June 2021.He works in the departments Documentation (classification of photographs, feeding Excel files with data about the archive holdings) and Digitisation (scanning of negatives, etc.) and translates texts for the Belgium WWII website.
Alexandre Stroinovsky is an industrial engineer from Mons. He had a quite varied career, worked in international trade and for INTAS (agency of the European Commission) here he served as intermediate between the IT department and scientific experts within the framework of research project development. Alexandre is retired since 5 years and wants to let CegeSoma benefit from his experience in IT. His interest lies in history in general, and in archives in particular. Since March 2020, he draws up lists of individual files on members of the Resistance.
Nico Theunissen obtained a master degree in cultural sciences at the Open Universiteit Nederland. He chose as subject for his thesis the history of the Belgian animated film during the Second World War.
It is for his interest in contemporary history and especially the Second Word War that Nico has been volunteering at the CegeSoma since 2010, making inventories of the archives. He is also the secretary of the association ‘Friends of the Fort of Breendonk’ that supports the Mémorial in its different tasks.