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Jews Were not Only Killed in Gas Chambers


During the Holocaust, over 2 million Jews were brutally shot, not in camps but in thousands of 'killing sites' spread all over Europe. With a new book, IHRA, an international alliance for Holocaust education, sheds light on this relatively unknown phenomenon. Read more...

The Liberation of the Camps from a Belgian Perspective

Two Exhibitions Open until 31 December 2015

A nice way to forget the heat wave is to pay a visit to the double exhibition “Liberation ! Belgians in German camps 1945” at Kazerne Dossin and the National Memorial of the Fortress of Breendonk. Plan a visit and get immersed in the days of the liberation, a lesser-known period of the history of the concentration camps.
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Report conference ‘Towards a New History of the Second World War?’ available online

Judith Keilbach, Chantal Kesteloot and Roel Vande Winkel during the Third Session. (Photograph by Milo van de Pol)
Judith Keilbach, Chantal Kesteloot and Roel Vande Winkel during the Third Session. (Photograph by Milo van de Pol)

On the 21th of April 2015, Belgian and Dutch historians discussed the future historiography of the Second World War during the Spring conference of the Royal Netherlands Historical Society. This conference took place in The Hague and was organised in collaboration with CegeSoma and NIOD. Are you curious about the discussed statements and topics for further debate? In this report you will find an overview of the sessions, some conclusions and suggestions for topics to be discussed in following conferences or other academic activities. The report is written in English.

EHRI Continues Under Horizon 2020

Kick-off for its Second Funding Period in Brussels on 29 and 30 June

 The international Holocaust-project EHRI (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure) will be expanded. The EU has decided to support the next phase of EHRI work with 8 million euro of funding under Horizon 2020.

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We Acquire Valuable War & Television Archives

 Recently, Cegesoma acquired the documentary archives of two well-known RTBF journalists and programme makers. We also received some important private archives related to the Second World War.
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The Mons Memorial Museum Open to the Public

 This Saturday 4 April 2015, the Mons Memorial Museum opens its doors. This is a place where we learn about the eventful history of the capital of the Hainaut province, and a place of reflection on the relation between civilians and soldiers during the two World Wars. CegeSoma has contributed to the wealth of documents on display.
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The Nazi Concentration Camp System in our Collections

 On the occasion of the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, it seems appropriate to highlight the riches of the CegeSoma collections on the history and memory of the Nazi concentration and extermination camps during the Second World War.
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Press Release

Censored Newspapers of the First World War Online

 From 12 June 2014, it will be possible to read the censored newspapers of the First World War at home. They will be available on The Belgian War Press website, where the clandestine press of the two world wars is already accessible. This online publication, an initiative of CEGESOMA (Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Contemporary Society), will also enable new search methods.
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