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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.


A new offer of CegeSoma/State Archives.
The history of the 20th century and current events adressed through conferences, debates, interviews, film screenings, etc.
Events organised at or by CegeSoma. 
Our goal: exchanging ideas with the public!
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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...

Inventorying days at CegeSoma!

 From 8 to 18 January all CegeSoma staff will be busy carrying out a general and thorough inventorying of our collections held at the Square de l'Aviation/Luchtvaartsquare site.
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New publication of associated researcher Frank Seberechts

 After several recent book publications authored by some of our associated researchers - 'Grenzeloos verzet' from Paul de Jongh, 'De gebroken arm der wet' from Marc Verschooris and 'La valise oubliée' van Gerlinda Swillen – Frank Seberechts now also publishes his new book : 'Drang naar het Oosten'. 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...

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