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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.

Bevrijd Brussels Libérée (Liberated Brussels)

 Brussels, 3 September 1944. Since the early hours of the morning, Radio London broadcasts the Belgian national anthem, the Brabançonne. Just one day before, the first units of the Allied Armed Forces have entered the country. In the capital city, people stayed indoors, following the instructions not to interfere with troop movements.

Then, shortly before 8 pm, the first Allied tank enters Brussels. When poeple recognize it, they burst with joy. Read more...

Sixth Public History Encounter of the CegeSoma

  Monday 30 September 2019 (12.30 pm – 2.00 pm) at CegeSoma


'When photography becomes a historical source in its own right'

Conference-debate (in French) on the occasion of the two new publications 'Bruxelles, ville libérée (1944-1945)' and 'La Wallonie libérée (1944-1945)' 
Guest speakers: Mélanie Bost, Alain Colignon, Chantal Kesteloot, Bénédicte Rochet (authors)
Host: Anne Roekens
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“Children of the Resistance”: launch of the programme by Canvas at CegeSoma

 Following the high-profile TV-series “Kinderen van de collaboratie” (2017) and “Kinderen van de kolonie” (2018), the series “Kinderen van het verzet” will be broadcast on Canvas (VRT) from October 2019.

This new series will be officially presented to the press and the public in the conference room of CegeSoma on the 1st of October 2019. Read more...

New articles on the Blog of Belgium WWII

 What's new on the Belgium WWII-blog?
A couple of months ago we announced the launch of the Belgium WWII-blog. Since then, new articles have been published online. They deal with current debates on the perception of the Second World War, the challenges with regard to remembrance of the war as well as new forms of interactions with the target audience of historical projects.
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Colloquia of local history associations 'From Liberation to Victory'

 On 3 June and on 17 June, CegeSoma organised two colloquia, at the State Archives in Namur and at the State Archives in Ghent respectively, for anyone interested in local history about the period from the Liberation of the country in September 1944 to the final victory over Nazism in spring 1945. The following report presents an overview of the papers presented that can provide tools and guidance for further research about the subject, thereby also spreading the findings of the colloquium among those interested in local history. Read more...

New issue of the JBH out now

 The first issue of the JBH for the year 2019 has been published.

It contains four articles, a section about doctoral theses and a number of reviews.

Earlier in 2019, the price of JBH issues was significantly lowered, so this first issue is available at a very reasonable price. Read more...

A workshop on looted library materials in Belgium during the Second World War

 On 14 June 2019, Dr Patricia Kennedy Grimsted (Harvard University) was invited as the main speaker to a workshop organised by CegeSoma and AMSAB - ISG about the Nazi's plunder of cultural heritage in Belgium during the Second World War. She is an internationally renowned expert who has been carrying out research on this issue for decades and still works on the subject. Read more...

Conference in Leuven about archives and historical research

 From 6 to 7 June, the yearly international archival symposium will take place in the Belgian State Archives in Leuven.

The theme of this year's conference is archives and scholarly research (Archive und wissenschaftliche Forschung). Read more...

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