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Welcome to CEGESOMA/State Archives of Belgium

CEGESOMA, Centre for Historical Research and Documentation on War and Society, is the Belgian centre of excellence for the history of 20th century conflicts. It carries out research, organises public events and holds document collections. It is since 1 January 2016 the fourth Operational Directory of the State Archives. It is a platform for academic and public activities in Belgium and abroad, in particular with regard to the two World Wars.


Yearly meeting of the ASF Volunteers at CegeSoma

 On 19 June, the yearly meeting of the ASF volunteers and their project partners took place in the conference room of CegeSoma.

 

For 60 years, the ASF (Aktion Sühnezeichen Friedensdienste), an association founded by opponents of Nazism, sends each year some 170 young German volunteers to countries where the population has suffered from the crimes committed by the Nazis during the Second World War. The first ASF volunteers arrived in Belgium in 1963. Read more...

CegeSoma presents its multiannual plan and its annual report for 2017

 For the first time in its history, CegeSoma presents a multiannual plan (2017-2021).

It is the result of various meetings with stakeholders, of which our specialized scientific committee, renewed in 2017, is the most important one. Read more...

The Journal of Belgian History publishes a thematic issue on the history of psychiatry in Belgium

 The new issue (number four, 2017) of the Journal of Belgian History is a thematic issue on the history of psychiatry in Belgium, edited by Benoît Majerus (Université de Luxembourg) and Anne Roekens (Université de Namur). Read more...

2019-2020: CegeSoma and War Heritage Institute join forces

 In 2019-2020, it is exactly seventy five years since the liberation of Belgium and Europe from Nazism.

In the context of this anniversary, CegeSoma and the War Heritage Institute concluded an agreement to promote further collaboration between the institutes. Read more...

Acquisition – Archives of the Fraternelle du service Hotton

 An valuable fonds for the history of the armed resistance in Wallonia at the eve of the Liberation

The service Hotton was a resistance organisation created in 1943 on the initiative of the Belgian and British authorities. Its mission: to harass the occupying forces militarily by attacking their communication channels and telecommunications. Operational from early 1944 onwards, the group made its mark on the forested area of Chimay-Couvin owing to the dynamism of its group D. Its archives, bequeathed in April 2018, document this remarkable activity. Read more...

Report on the Young Historians’ Day at Cegesoma

 On April 19th, 2018 CegeSoma organised the 12th edition of its workshop aimed at young historians, both those looking for a subject for their future Masters' thesis and recently graduated talents.
This time the punishment of collaboration after  the First and Second World War and, more generally, research possibilities linked to the archives of the military justice system constituted the central themes of the day. Read more...

New contact addresses !

 To improve the quality of our service, CegeSoma has two new contact addresses:


info-cegesoma@arch.be : for correspondence and the providing of information


repro-cegesoma@arch.be : for the request of reproduction of documents

 

A new digital corner!

 As announced in the Newsletter of November, Cegesoma continues to improve the digital access to its collections. From now on, the reading room has a digital corner completely dedicated to the digital access to the collections. Come and see our new service! Read more...

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