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The Resistance in Antwerp during the Second World War

Study day (FelixArchief - Antwerp)

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Antwerp was the most important city for the resistance in Flanders during the Second World War. This resistance in Antwerp was as diverse as the city itself: men and women, French-speaking bourgeoisie and communists, Jews and Catholics, people from the left and the right of the political spectrum. In recent years, we have seen a rising interest in the resistance in Belgium during the Second World War, as reflected by this study day organised by CegeSoma/State Archives in collaboration with the FelixArchief of the City of Antwerp and the Vredescentrum. In the course of this day, the state of affairs with regard to research about the resistance will be presented and a discussion about the relevance of resistance today and tomorrow will round off the day.

The study day takes place at FelixArchief in Antwerp on 10 May 2023. Registration is free but mandatory. Simply send a message to: stadsarchief@antwerpen.be.

Welcome to all of you!


  • 9.00-9.30 - Welcome
  • 9.30-9.40 - Welcome address I Marie Juliette Marinus, FelixArchief
  • 9.40-10.15 - Het verzet in Antwerpen: synthese en krachtlijnen I Nico Wouters, CegeSoma/State Archives
  • 10.15-10.45 - Session 1: "De onvergetelijken Fidelio": Marcel Louette (1907-1978) als pionier in het verzet I Babette Weyns, UGent
  • 10.45-11.15 - Coffee break
  • 11.15-11.45 - Session 2: "Voor vrede, brood en vrijheid": straatprotest van Antwerpse volksvrouwen tegen de bezetter (mei 1941) I Michèle Corthals, UAntwerpen
  • 11.45-12.30 - Open floor discussion
  • 12.30-13.30 - Lunch
  • 13.30-14.00 - Session 3: Het georganiseerde Joods verzet in Antwerpen: een stand van zaken I Janiv Stamberger, Vredescentrum; Dorien Styven, Kazerne Dossin
  • 14.00-14.30 - Session 4: Collectieve herinnering versus oorlogsrealiteit: de politie van Deurne en het verzet, 1942-1944 I Herman Van Goethem, UAntwerpen
  • 14.30-15.05 - Open floor discussion
  • 15.05-15.30 - Coffee break
  • 15.30-16.30 – Open floor discussion and conclusions I Marnix Beyen, UAntwerpen; Bruno De Wever, UGent; Nico Wouters, CegeSoma/Rijksarchief
  • 16.30 - Reception

Host and floor leader: Frank Seberechts, FelixArchief