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Villes en guerre

 La Wallonie sous l'Occupation, 1940-1945

After Brussels and Antwerp, a publication on Wallonia has now appeared in the series of photo books Villes en guerre produced by CEGESOMA (click here to order). Like the previous publications, this book wants to offer an original synthesis on the occupation by confronting 220 photographs with the existing works on this subject. Remarkable is that the urban landscape of a whole region is concerned, in other words the life of nearly half the population in this period of war.

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Veerle Vanden Daelen

 Veerle Vanden Daelen holds a BA and MA in History from Ghent University and a PhD (2006) from the University of Antwerp. Her MA thesis examined Maurice De Wilde's documentary series on the Second World War. Her PhD work concerned the return and reconstruction of Jewish life in Antwerp after the Second World War (1944-1960). Her post-doctoral research has enlarged the scope of this research on Antwerp Jewish History. She has held fellowships at the University of Michigan (Frankel Institute for Advanced Judaic Studies, 2007-2008 fellowship “Jews and the City”) and at the University of Pennsylvania (Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies, 2008-2009 fellowship “Jews, Commerce, and Culture”).

She coordinates the work package "Data Identification and Integration" for the European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI) at CegeSoma. She is also affiliated to the University of Antwerp, where she has taught courses on Migration History, Jewish history, and other topics.Since 2007, Karin Hofmeester and Veerle Vanden Daelen have organised the annual "Contact Day Jewish studies on the Low Countries" at the Institute of Jewish Studies at the University of Antwerp.


Has left the Centre on 30 June 2016.

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Karel Strobbe

Karel Strobbe Karel Strobbe (°1984) is Master in history. He graduated in 2006 at Ghent University with a thesis on the attitude of a number of catholic magazines towards Protestants and Protestantism (1884-1914). He subsequently took an academic teachers course at the KUL (Catholic University of Louvain). From 2007 to 2010 he worked at the KADOC (Louvain) at a research and publication project on the sisters Kindsheid Jesu, an apostolic congregation.

Since January 2011, he works as assistant to the Public History and Academic Activities department of CEGESOMA. In particular, he is responsible for the Facebook page of the institution and of the Cegesoma Newsletter which was launched in September 2013. In 2011-2012, he was also scientific collaborator of the project concerning the First and the Second World War in Limburg, also at CEGESOMA.


Has left the Centre on 31 December 2015.

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CegeSoma Info: the Bulletin’s Second Life

CegeSoma Info 2015


To better meet the readers' expectations and needs, this year we decided to transform the traditional Bulletin into CegeSoma Info (available here). Our yearly publication is henceforward a 12-pages long newspaper containing around 50 short and richly illustrated articles about our activities. But there's more….
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“Wehrmacht” children in Belgium

The German occupation during the Second World War inevitably led to relationships between the military of the occupying forces and Belgian women. According to the lowest estimates, 20,000 children were born from these relationships. This figure says nothing of course about those children who were not born as a result of abortions. In September 2007, Gerlinda Swillen began a study of those children. Here, the relationships, however brief they may have been, were desired by both parties. How did they come about? Who were the mothers and fathers involved? What was the course of the pregnancies and births? What was the fate of the children? To this end, Gerlinda Swillen studies archives and documents of the period in question. But she also needs witness accounts of mothers, children, medical staff, family members, neighbours, friends. After the years of silence in Belgium, the age of the witnesses now becomes problematic. It is crucial that they should be heard now. Cegesoma lends its support in this call for witnesses.  Read more...

Rudi Van Doorslaer

Rudi Van Doorslaer

Rudi Van Doorslaer (°1951) studied contemporary history at the University of Gent and obtained his doctoral degree in 1990 with a thesis entitled “Enfants du Ghetto. Révolutionnaires juifs en Belgique, 1925-1940”/“Kinderen van het getto. Joodse revolutionairen in België, 1925-1940”.
From 1977 to 1980, he worked as a temporary attaché at Cegesoma (then the Centre for Research and Studies on the History of the Second World War). In 1985 he became a permanent researcher at the Centre.
From 1999 to 2001, he directed the Research Commission on Jewish Assets (Prime Minister's Department). From 1996 to 2005, he was chef editor of the
Cahiers d'histoire du temps présent/Bijdragen tot de Eigentijdse Geschiedenis.
He published on the subjects of Jewish history, migration movements, Communism and anti-Communism, the Spanish Civil War and a variety of themes related to the history of the Second World War in Belgium.

From 1 September 2005, he is the Director of CEGESOMA.


Has left the Centre on 31 August 2016. Read more...

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