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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


The CegeSoma reading room will be closed from 7th to 18th January 2019 (for inventorying).


Thank you for your understanding.
The reading room of the War Victims archives service will however stay open.

Conference about oral history in Liège

 On 27 February 2019, the Institut d'Histoire Ouvrièvre, Économique et Sociale (IHOES) organises a conference about oral history at Cité Miroir in Liège.

The main topic will be the relationship between methodology and sources on the one hand and historiography on the other. Read more...

EHRI Conference in July in Amsterdam: Call for proposals

 Call for Proposals: EHRI Conference: Holocaust Studies in the Digital Age. What's New?


Date: Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Location: Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The deadline to submit proposals is 2 February 2019. Notification will be sent via email in March 2019.


‘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...

The State Archives in Arlon win ‘archives’ competition about First World War

 On the occasion of the centenary of the First World War Armistice, several State Archives repositories (among which CegeSoma) have selected one document from that period of time that best symbolizes the transition from war to peace.

The public then was able to choose from these documents the one they liked most via an online form on the State Archives website and on the CegeSoma website. Read more...

Belgium WWII, a reference website but also a blog!

 Since a couple of weeks now, the website “Belgium WWII” is complemented by a blog.

Indeed, it seemed crucial to us to be able to take part in the debates and controversies surrounding the Second World War by adding this option to the encyclopedic function of the website, and to present new projects or archival holdings that may incite new research or shed new light on older issues. Read more...

East West Street? A book, a play, and considerations …

 An event of the International Chair for the History of World War II – 2019 edition.
The CegeSoma is particularly pleased to be associated to the International Chair for the History of World War II (Baron Velge Prize) for an exceptional performance in Belgium of East West Street: A Song of Good and Evil, an acclaimed piece inspired by Philippe Sands' book East West Street (Penguine/Randomhouse 2016). Read more...
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