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. This thematic website was launched in December 2019 : information about our older activities is gradually added.

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Moving of archive collections: important message for visitors

In order to properly and efficiently store our collections, they are kept in different locations. -> DON'T FORGET TO CHECK BEFORE YOUR VISIT IN WHICH READING ROOM YOU WILL HAVE TO CONSULT THE DOCUMENTS!



Military justice and executions in the context of post-World War II repression in Belgium: the results of the Postwarex research project

After World War II, 242 people who were sentenced to death by military courts for collaboration or war crimes were executed. This was an exceptional episode in the history of Belgian justice. Indeed, the death penalty was no...Read more

24/05 2022

The Far Right : Lessons from History

Con ference-debate (in Dutch) with Vincent Scheltiens (UAntwerpen) as guest speaker

A discussion led by Nico Wouters (CegeSoma/State Archives)

The book ‘ Extrême Droite. L'histoire ne se répète pas (...Read more

25/05 2022
Illustration: Werner Hilgemann, Atlas zur Deutschen Zeitgeschichte 1918-1968, München Zürich, Piper, 1984, p. 144.

Ukraine : Clash of nationalisms during two world wars

Conference-debate (in French) with Alain Colignon (CegeSoma/State Archives) as guest speaker A discussion led by Chantal Kesteloot (CegeSoma/State Archives)

Both in the First and in the Second World War, Ukraine was the...Read more

08/06 2022

Belgium and the Cold War

On 12 March 1947, US president Harry S. Truman presented his ‘containment ’ doctrine to limit the expansion of the Soviet Union. This is traditionally considered as the starting point of the Cold War. Today, 75 years later, there is much talk...Read more

17/06 2022
Picture : German officers conversing with women and child in rail yard (Kyiv, 1918), De Golyer Library, Southern Methodist University


The aim of this conference is to understand the different forms taken by the occupations during the First World War and to develop better categories of analysis. We would like to connect and compare these occupations at the...Read more

23/06 2022 to 25/06 2022