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Seminar with Tatiana Sîrbu

La politique des “ villages tsiganes” en Bessarabie sous trois administrations: tsariste, roumaine et soviétique: 1812-1956

 Ces dernières années, le sort des Roms a, à plusieurs reprises, été porté au devant de l'actualité. Mais cette question est une problématique ancienne qu'il n'est pas inutile d'examiner sur le plan plus historique. Pour aborder l'histoire chaotique de cette population, le CEGES invite le mercredi 19 décembre 2012 l'historienne Tatiana Sîrbu pour une présentation qui traitera de l'évolution de la situation des Roms en Bessarabie aux 19e et 20e siècles, fruit de ses recherches de doctorat.
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Seminar with Ugur Ümit Üngör

Expropriation et destruction : génocide et confiscation des biens arméniens en 1915


 Peu d'événements historiques suscitent autant de controverses que le génocide arménien. Le sujet a encore marqué l'actualité politique lorsque le Parlement français a adopté une loi réprimant la négation du génocide arménien avant son invalidation par le Conseil constitutionnel. Le CEGES a, pour sa part, souhaité se pencher sur cette question le mercredi 5 décembre 2012 (2.30 p.m.).
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Seminar with Laurent Thiery

La répression: un élément central de la stratégie politique d'Occupation dans les départements du Nord - Pas-de-Calais

 On Wednesday 21 November 2012( 2.30 p.m.) the CEGES/SOMA receives Laurent Thiery.
L'historien français qui a récemment soutenu sa thèse de doctorat à l'Université de Lille 3, viendra présenter ses recherches au cours d'un séminaire consacré à la répression allemande dans le Nord de la France durant la Seconde Guerre mondiale.
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Seminar with Aline Sax

The world view of Flemish collaborators

On Wednesday 17 October 2012 the CEGES/SOMA receives Aline Sax, who recently obtained her PhD in history. This historian and writer of children's books from Antwerp will give a seminar on the motivation and the world view of Flemish collaborators during the Second World War.
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The roundup of 3 and 4 September 1942

Jules Coest (in the middle), acting burgomaster of Brussels in 1942 (Photo Ceges/Soma)
Jules Coest (in the middle), acting burgomaster of Brussels in 1942 (Photo Ceges/Soma)
70 years ago, 718 Jews living in Brussels were arrested in the middle of the night by the occupier and the Belgian SS. This Brussels roundup took place in the context of the great roundups of the summer of 1942. Without the keeping of a Jewish register following the orders of the occupier in the autumn of 1940 and applied by all Belgian towns concerned, this roundup would not have had the same impact. The event was commemorated by the burgomaster of Brussels, Freddy Thielemans (see the complete text of his speech). He apologised to the Jewish community in the name of the city authorities. Beyond the duty of remembrance, the burgomaster also announced his intention of confiding a complementary mission to the Ceges/Soma on the case of Brussels. This study will be published and handed to the city's public servants and the schools.

Commemoration of the cooperation of the Antwerp police forces to the round-up of the Jews, August 1942

Lieven Saerens (© John Moussiaux).
Lieven Saerens (© John Moussiaux).

On Wednesday 15 August it was 70 years since the cooperation of the Antwerp police to the first round-up of the Jews in Belgium. On this occasion, a ceremony where a commemorative plaque was presented, took place in the Antwerp city hall. Mayor Patrick Janssens and the President of the Jewish Central Consistory of Belgium, Professor Baron Julien Klener as well as Soma/Ceges historian Lieven Saerens addressed the public.
For the speech of Lieven Saerens, click here

Ceges/Soma-collaborator Karel Stroppe takes a dip

 Ceges/Soma-collaborators are not merely active in the scientific field. Karel Strobbe is responsible for the project "North-Limburg and the Second World War") and also lends support to the departments public history and academic activities. On Sunday 8 July he took part in the Big Swim, a swimming tour around the city of Ghent. The Big Swim was a continuation of the Big Jump, a European project where people in several places took a dive to draw attention to the quality of the water.


The Cahiers d'Histoire du Temps présent

The Cahiers d'Histoire du Temps présent/Bijdragen tot de Eigentijdse Geschiedenis (CHTP/BEG) are an illustrated journal focusing on the history of Belgium in the twentieth century, in particular on the two World Wars, the political and cultural history and on the historiographical debate. As a scientific journal, the CHTP/BEG reserves a fundamental role for photographic illustrations, which are considered an essential part of the documentary and archive collections.


The journal publishes articles in French, Dutch and English. Since 1996, it is published twice yearly and runs to approximately 300 to 400 pages. Some issues are devoted to the exploration of a particular theme. Its editorial committee consists of researchers of the CEGES/SOMA as well as external researchers. Each issue contains an important section “Library” with reviews of scientific publications related to the history of Belgium.


The journal is a member of the Association des Revues scientifiques et culturelles. Its articles are summarized and reviewed in Historical Abstracts and America : History and Life.


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