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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.


Important notice

Closing days in December-January 2018/2019 :

  • CegeSoma will be closed from Monday 24 December 2018 until Tuesday 1 January 2019 included.

Control of the collections from 3 to 7 December 2018 in the Belgrado depot :

  • Attention! No documents can be requested from this depot during this period.

‘La valise oubliée. Enfants de guerre (1940-1945)’. Interview of the author of the book, Gerlinda Swillen by Alain Colignon.

 Touchy, sometimes difficult and often unknown, such is the history of children born from romances between Belgian women and Wehrmacht soldiers.


The CegeSoma (State Archives) and the Auschwitz Foundation – Remembrance of Auschwitz are pleased to invite you to the presentation of the latest book by Dr Gerlinda Swillen titled 'La valise oubliée. Enfants de guerre (1940-1945)' * on the occasion of which the author will be interviewed by Alain Colignon. Read more...

Inventory of the collections in the CegeSoma depot

 From Monday 7 January to Friday 18 January 2019, the CegeSoma will carry out a stock taking of its collections conserved at Square de l'Aviation/Luchtvaartsquare. Read more...

In memoriam Jacques Wynants

 Jacques Wynants – our “big Jacques” as senior colleagues at CegeSoma recall him – has passed away in the manner in which he desired: quietly, discretely…
He left us on Sunday 18 November 2018, in the wake of the First World War commemorations, which in recent years had taken a lot of his attention as a passionate researcher. Read more...

EHRI call for special Conny Kristel Fellowship

 EHRI invites applications for its first Conny Kristel Fellowship. EHRI is offering a fellowship of three weeks at NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies in Amsterdam to honour the memory and legacy of Dr. Conny Kristel, former EHRI project director and senior researcher at the NIOD, who sadly passed away on 6 October 2018.
The deadline for applications is 31 December 2018 and the fellowship will have to be completed by 31 August 2019.



Journal of Belgian History: Special edition ‘Congo at war’ (2018 1-2) out now!

 This special edition with guest editors Enika Ngongo, Bérengère Piret and Nathalie Toussignant is dedicated to Congo during the First World War.
 
It contains six innovative articles that look beyond strictly military aspects and delve into a number of issues related to international law. 
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Third issue of the JBH 2018 published

 Just a few weeks after the publication of the first double-sized issue of 2018 (the thematic issue 'Congo at War'), the third issue of the JBH has already arrived. The issue has four articles: one in French, two in Dutch and one in English. Read more...

Half-time for the ADOCHS project!

 On 1 November 2016, the CegeSoma launched the ADOCHS project in collaboration with the Royal Library (KBR), and the Universities of Brussels (Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)). The project aims to improve quality control processes for digital cultural heritage collections. After having worked for two years at CegeSoma, Anne Chardonnens now prepares to join the ULB-team. We interviewed her to reflect on the results she has accomplished so far.

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