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Lieven Saerens

 Lieven Saerens (°1958) studied history at the catholic university of Leuven. He wrote his doctoral thesis on the issue of Antwerp's attitude towards the Jews during the period 1880-1944. He has been awarded the 'Hubert Pierlot' price as well as the price of the Province of Antwerp for his doctoral thesis. In the 1980s, he has collaborated to several broadcasts of the Belgian Radio and Television on the subject of Belgium during the Second World War.

In 1987, he became archivist in the KADOC (Catholic Documentation Centre) in Leuven and he has been a researcher at CEGESOMA since 2002. He is involved in many of the institution's projects concerning the question of the judeocide. Since 2004 he is Dutch-language editorial assistent of the academic review of Cegesoma, i.e. the Cahiers d'histoire du temps présent until 2011 and from 2012, the Journal of Belgian History. Finally, he is also in charge of the questions of a scientific nature by the Dutch-speaking public.

His fields of research are the attitude towards the Jews (from approx. 1880 to 1950), Jewish demography, the cultural history of the interwar period and the Second World War, and the post-war collaboration trials.

 

Has left the Centre on June 2017.

 

Books

  • Rachel, Jacob, Paul et les autres. Une histoire des Juifs à Bruxelles, Bruxelles, Mardaga/CEGESOMA, 2014, 272 p.
  • (with Dirk Martin), Steden in oorlog. Antwerpen 1940-1945, Antwerpen/Brussel, Meulenhoff/Manteau-SOMA, 2010, 164 p. Traduit en français sous le titre Anvers sous l'Occupation, 1940-1945, Bruxelles, Renaissance du livre-CEGES, 2010, 164 p.
  • (ism Frans Van den Brande) Tussen Antwerpen en heide : Joods cultuurleven in een bewogen tijd 1880-1944, Peter Wouters, 2009.
  • De Jodenjagers van de Vlaamse SS. Gewone Vlamingen ?, Tielt, 2007.
  • Étrangers dans la cité. Anvers et ses Juifs (1880-1944), Bruxelles, 2005.
  • Inventaris van het archief Anton A. Jozef (Jef) Van Bilsen. 1913-1996, KADOC Reeks Inventarissen en Repertoria nr. 59, Leuven, 2002.
  • Inventaris van het archief van de familie Lammens-Verhaegen. Ca. 1820-1950, KADOC Reeks Inventarissen en Repertoria nr. 61, Leuven, 2002.
  • Vreemdelingen in een wereldstad. Een geschiedenis van Antwerpen en zijn joodse bevolking (1880-1944), Tielt, 2000.
  • Inventaris van het archief van Ast Fonteyne. 1906-1991, KADOC Reeks Inventarissen en Repertoria nr. 43, Leuven, 1996.
  • Inventaris van het archief van Robert Vandekerckhove. 1917-1980, KADOC Reeks Inventarissen en Repertoria nr. 44, Leuven, 1996.
  • Inventaris van het archief van de familie Joseph de Hemptinne (ca. 1858-1950), KADOC Reeks Inventarissen en Repertoria nr. 45, Leuven, 1996.
  • Katholiek Vlaanderen en de joden. 1933-1940. Vijftig jaar Kristallnacht, Leuven, 1988 (tentoonstellingscatalogus).

Recent articles

  • "Jodenvervolging", in  Bruno De Wever, Helen Grevers, Rudi Van Doorslaer and Jan Julia Zurné (dir.), Knack Historia. België 40-45, Roeselare, Roularta, 2015, p. 94-101.
  • "Het verhaal van een Joodse familie in oorlogstijd. Verzet in Brussel", in Memo Geschiedenis, n° 12 [déc. 2014], p. 76-79.
  • "Een foto van een jodentransport uit Antwerpen ?” in Hermes. Tijdschrift voor geschiedenis, n° 53, 2013, p. 31-41.
  • "Van vergeten naar gegeerd. Dossin en de Joodse herinnerin", in BTNG / RBHC / JBH, 2012, nr. 2/3, p. 138-169.
  • "Debate. Insa Meinen: The Persecution of the Jews in Belgium through a German Lens", in JBH / RBHC / BTNG, 2012, nr. 4, p. 200-217.
  • "Anvers date inconnue", in Bruno De Wever, Martine Van Asch en Rudi Van Doorslaer (dir.), Belges en guerre. Images inconnues, histoires insolites, Waterloo, 2012, p. 74-81.
  • (with Dirk Martin), "Tant qu'ils nous laissent en paix (Villes en guerre – Anvers)", in Le Vif-l'Express extra, 3 fév. 2012, p. 34-37.
  • (with Dirk Martin), "Zolang ze ons maar met rust laten (Antwerpen, stad in oorlog)", in Knack, Stedenspecial Antwerpen, 23.3.2011.
  • Participation at Idesbald Goddeeris (red.), Revoluties onder historici. Gesprekken over internationalisering, democratisering en andere veranderingen in de academische wereld, Tielt, 2011. 
  • “Een ochtend in oorlogstijd. Een vrachtwagen propvol mensen in een eenzame straat”, in: BEG, nr. 22, 2010, p. 211-226.
  • "'…. Ik heb een mama en een papa en ik heb een moeder en een vader'", in Bruno De Wever, Martin Van Asch en Rudi Van Doorslaer (red.), Gekleurd verleden. Familie in oorlog, Tielt, 2010, p. 96-99. 
  • "Lieven Saerens, 'geschiedschrijver van zijn tijd"/gesprek met : Lieven Saerens", in Tijdingen uit Leuven : tijdschrift van de Vereniging Historici Lovanienses, Leuven, Peter Verbist, 2009, n° 2, p. 9-29.
  • “Mechelen: de Dossinkazerne. De moord op de joden”, in Jo Tollebeek, Geert Beulens, Gita Deneckere, Chantal Kesteloot & Sophie De Schaepdrijver (red.), België. Een parcours van herinnering. Dl. II: Plaatsen van tweedracht, crisis en nostalgie, Amsterdam, 2008, p. 234-249.
  • “Antisémitisme et xénophobie”, in Paul Aron & José Gotovitch (red.), Dictionnaire de la Seconde Guerre mondiale en Belgique, Brussel, 2008, p. 41-43.
  • “Belgien”, in Wolfgang Benz (red.), Handbuch des Antisemitismus. Judenfeindschaft in Gechichte und Gegenwart. Dl. I: Länder und Regionen, München, 2008, p. 46-51.
  • “De anti-Joodse politiek van nazi-Duitsland, 1933-1945”, in Rudi Van Doorslaer (red.), Gewillig België. Overheid en Jodenvervolging tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog, Antwerpen-Amsterdam, 2007, p. 25-50.
  • “La politique antijuive de l'Allemagne nazie (1933-1945)”, in Rudi Van Doorslaer (red.), La Belgique docile. Les autorités belges et la persécution des Juifs en Belgique durant la seconde guerre mondiale, Brussel, 2007, p. 21-46.
  • “The attitude of the Belgian Catholic Church towards the Persecution of Jews”, in Lieve Gevers & Jan Banks (red.), Religion under Siege. Dl. I: The Roman Catholic Church in Occupied Europe (1939-1950), Leuven-Parijs-Dudley, MA, 2007, p. 243-281.
  • “The General Attitude of the Protestant Churches in Belgium Regarding the Jews (from the End of the 19th Century to the Second World War)”, in Lieve Gevers & Jan Banks (red.), Religion under Siege. Dl. II: Protestant, Orthodox and Muslim Communities in Occupied Europe (1939-1950), Leuven/Parijs/Dudley, MA, 2007, p. 265-281.

Doctor Honoris causa day : Ever- ' Engaging Values, Education and Responsabilities : refugees and migration – the role of higher education'

The VUB organizes a Doctor Honoris causa day : Ever- ' Engaging Values, Education and Responsabilities : refugees and migration – the role of higher education'  in: Flagey, Studio 4, 1050 Brussels on 29 November 2017.
The events will take place around the VUB's Doctor Honoris Causa, which will be awarded to two prominent individuals who have played a major role in the refugee situation in Europe: Dr Emma Bonino and the people of the Island of Lampedusa (represented by Dr Pietro Bartolo).
Registration deadline: 21 November 2017.
Gerlinda Swillen, Ph D in history at the VUB (2016) and associated researcher at the CegeSoma will speak of the necessity of an international statute for children born of war, begot by 'enemies' during actual and future conflicts.

Open call for EHRI fellowships at Cegesoma

 The European Holocaust Research Infrastructure (EHRI)- project offers fellowships to researchers and archivists across Europe to come to Cegesoma to facilitate their research. Fellows will be encouraged to work on the collections at their disposal at CegeSoma and the State Archives of Belgium as well as visits to partner institutions such as Kazerne Dossin. Deadline for the applications: 31st December 2017. You can find all information here.

 

CALL FOR PAPERS : "Thinking Sex after the Great War" - International conference, Brussels, 17-19 October 2018

On the joint initiative of Henk de Smaele (University of Antwerp) and the AVG-Carhif, an international conference entitled « Thinking Sex after the Great War » will be held end 2018 in Brussels. This conference aspires to evaluate the impact of the First World War on the representations and discourses on gender and sexuality. The main objective is to consider the way intellectuals, philosophers, sociologists, doctors, psychologists or academics have experienced the war, and the way this experience has influenced their own ideas on the relations between the sexes. Via these trajectories of intellectuals, an evaluation will be made as to how dominant or minority discourses were able to be strengthened, changed or emerged as a result of the war.

Deadline to send in a resume (400 words): 15 December 2017

Download the PDF for the call for papers here.

 

International conference "The impact of WWI on marriages, divorces and gender relations in Europe"

 International conference, “The impact of WWI on marriages, divorces and gender relations in Europe
5-6 October 2017, KULeuven

On Thirsday 5 and Friday 6 October, the KULeuven will hold a conference  on “The impact of WWI on marriages, divorces and gender relations in Europe ». This conference will examine the mutual influences of war, gender relations, and marriage and divorce patterns during and after the First World War. Read more...

International colloquium “In the Heart of the Great War – Au Coeur de la Grande Guerre”

 From 26 to 28 October, the brand new Mons Memorial Museum will host the international colloquium “In the Heart of the Great War – Au Coeur de la Grande Guerre ”, organized in cooperation with CegeSoma. The colloquium focuses on the interaction between citizens and the military during the First World War. Read more...

PUBLICATION - a Clear and Accessible Guide on the Sources of the Post-War Purges

 Archives providing information on the post-war purges (the so-called 'repression') and its aftermath are not always very accessible to a layperson. On 13 September, a guide will be published, giving an overview of the archives that allow to reconstruct the individual trajectory of those who were confronted with the purges. The guide is an initiative of Ghent University, the ULB, the State Archives and CegeSoma and explains in a clear language how the different sources can be used. The guide will be presented the same day to the press at CegeSoma, in the presence of the Secretary of State of Science Policy, Zuhal Demir. The event is open to the public but spaces are limited. Registration by e-mail is mandatory.

READING ROOM - Exceptional closure on Wednesday 13 September & Wednesday 27 September

1936 - © CegeSoma
1936 - © CegeSoma
The reading room will be closed exceptionally on Wednesday 13 September & Wednesday 27 September because of two press conferences on these days (the first about the booklaunch of Papy était-il un nazi ? / Was Opa een nazi ?; the second about the launch of the virtual platform BELGIUM WWII).
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