Terrorists in Belgium? The Persecution of the Belgian Resistance by the German Military Justice (1940-1944)

During the Second World War, our country faced a terrorism problem. At least, this is how the Germans liked to define the acts of violence by the Resistance against the occupying authorities and the collaboration. For many years, historian Dimitri Roden has studied the methods by which the German military justice wanted to make Belgium a safer place, at least for the occupying authorities. He will talk about it on 2 December. Read more...

How WWI Shattered Religious Beliefs and Theological Basics


How did the Great War change the face of religion in Germany? Historikerdialog  by Lucian Hölscher (Ruhr-Universität Bochum) and Patrick Pasture (KU Leuven) on Thursday 5 November 2015 at KU Leuven.
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The Belgian Military Security Unveiled


An Exhibition Open from November 7 until December 5

CegeSoma is a partner of the “Classified” exhibition, organized by the General Intelligence and Security Service (GISS) to commemorate a century of military intelligence. The GISS was established during WWI to counter enemy espionage.
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Edith Cavell: a Network in the Shadow of an Icon

Lecture by Emmanuel Debruyne


Who were the men and women who, with British nurse Edith Cavell, helped Allied soldiers to escape from occupied Belgium? Historian Emmanuel Debruyne (UCL) sheds light on the legendary network by means of a lecture which will be given at CegeSoma on Wednesday 28 October 2015.
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War Enthusiasm in the Summer of 1914 from a Gender Perspective

 Historikerdialog by Christa Hämmerle (University of Vienna) and Henk De Smaele (UAntwerp) on Monday, 26 October 2015 at 16:00 at the BELVue Museum, Place des Palais, 1000 Brussels. The Lecture and the dialogue will be followed by a guided visit to the exhibition Gender@War organized by the Archive for Women's History.
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The Final Disillusion: The Unmaking of Kaiser Wilhelm II in WWI

 Martin Kohlrausch will speak about the Kaiser's fail to live up to his role as Warlord and commander in the Great War, during a Historikerdialog session hosted by Laurence van Ypersele at UCL on Monday, 5 October at 6:30 pm.
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Heritage Days : Visit Our Building !



The 2015 edition of the Heritage Days of the Brussels-Capital Region will take place on 19 and 20 September around the theme “Workshops, Factories and Offices”. The programme offers an abundance of unusual places, illustrating this theme, that can be visited. Our building also opens its doors, but only on 20 September.
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Corresponding members

To reinforce its presence in the scientific and documentary field in the specific areas designated by the Mission Statement, Cegesoma has created a network of corresponding members. In exchange for intellectual and logistic support, they impart, with priority, the results of their research to the Centre. They are also important intermediaries for the acquisition of documents and finally they put their expertise at the disposal of the public of our institution. At present there are six corresponding members.


Pascal Deloge, doctor in history at the Catholic university of Louvain (UCL), works on industry and European cooperation in the field of armaments from the 1930s till today.


Jocelyn Grégoire, doctor in history at the University of Liège, is correspondent of the Cegesoma for the audiovisual sector. In particular, he makes accessible to the public of the Cegesoma audio and video programmes from the 1930s to 2007, as well as archives in relation to the historiography of radio and television, popular culture and historical pedagogics.


Adeline Remy, history graduate at the Free University of Brussels (ULB) and MA in sociology and anthropology at the same university, studies the anthropology of memory, more particularly the commemoration and transmission of the heroism of the Resistance in a transnational perspective trough the case of the evasion line Comet.


Gerlinda Swillen, PhD student in history at the VUB on the subject: Conceived by the Second World War - War Children on the Axis Brussels-Berlin; Germanic languages graduate ULB-VUB (1964); honorary education teacher of the Flemish Community; President of the Masereelfonds.


Etienne Verhoeyen, graduate in ethics at the University of Gent and former journalist of the VRT (Flemish Radio and Television), examines the history of the intelligence services active in Belgium and its neighbouring countries from the 1930s till the end of the Second World War. In this context, he takes particular interest in the networks of the Resistance and of the German espionage services.

East Cantons
The East Cantons under German administration.


Jacques Wynants, history graduate at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) analyses the events of the Second World War, particularly in and around Verviers, the East Cantons and the 'Ten villages', daily life and the education system.

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