Welcome to CegeSoma (State Archives)

Who are we? CegeSoma is the fourth operational direction of the State Archives and the Belgian centre of expertise for the history of 20th century conflicts. We conduct fundamental historical research, develop public history projects, conserve archives and documentation and are engaged in societal debate.


Een Duits officier in een Belgisch kantoor in het station van Bergen. De Wehrmacht Verkehrs Direktion neemt grote delen van het strategisch en operationeel bedrijfsbeheer van de NMBS op agressieve manier over. Bron: privéverzameling Paul Pastiels.

Belgian Railways and deportations in WWII

On 8 December 2023, Nico Wouters presented in the Senate the report on the role of the National Belgian Railways Society (NMBS/SNCB) in deportations carried out during the Second World War in Belgium. CegeSoma conducted this research from January 2022 to November 2023, commissioned by Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Mobility Georges Gilkinet and the Senate.


Escaping Nazi Europe Understanding the experiences of Belgian soldiers and civilians in World War II

Escaping Nazi Europe Understanding the experiences of Belgian soldiers and civilians in World War II

Conference-debate (in French and Dutch) with guests Bernard Wilkin and Bob Moore. An interview directed by Pieter Lagrou.

In May 1940, Belgium's armed forces numbered 650,000 men. Soon afterwards,...Read more

13/03 2024
Study day

Archival Research into the Economic Aspects of the Cold War

Faced with international pressure and pressure from within, countries are trying to define their position around international issues. So it is today and so it was during the Cold War. The FED-tWIN project BELCOWAR examines...Read more

15/03 2024

How to Win a War? The logistics of modern warfare, from the Second World War to the Russo-Ukraine War

The Ukrainian retreat from Avdiivka this week dramatically illustrates the crucial role of logistics in modern warfare. No army can keep its lines if the ratio of artillery shells is 1-10. History hold no easy lessons for the...Read more

18/03 2024