“Van onze jongens geen nieuws” a Road Trip in Times of War

75 years ago, the Belgian government sent around 300 000 young men to France. The idea was to keep them out of reach of the German invader. Three historians re-lived the improbable adventure, and wrote a fascinating book about it.

An Important Political Assassination

On 18 August 1950, Julien Lahaut, charismatic leader of the communist party, was assassinated on his own doorstep. This political murder, of paramount importance in the history of Belgium, had never been clarified. Qui a tué Julien Lahaut? reviews the judicial inquiry carried out at the time of the facts, and explores new approaches to the case by replacing the facts in the context of the Cold War.

Now Available in Bookshops: Special Issue on Belgium 1940-1945

A number of members of our staff were requested to collaborate with Le Vif L'Express for a special issue dedicated to the history of Belgium during the Second World War. The result is a richly illustrated volume, which gives precise and nuanced analyses based on the most recent sources.

Conference Programme ‘War and Fatherland’ completed

The international conference War & Fatherland. Nations, Identities and the First World War takes place in October. The final programme is now complete and contains seven internationally renowned keynote speakers. A closing panel discussion will tackle the ongoing Belgian WW I research.

EHRI Continues Under Horizon 2020

The international Holocaust-project EHRI (European Holocaust Research Infrastructure) will be expanded. The EU has decided to support the next phase of EHRI work with 8 million euro of funding under Horizon 2020.

Valuable War & Television Archives now at CegeSoma

Recently, Cegesoma acquired the documentary archives of two well-known RTBF journalists and programme makers. We also received some important private archives related to the Second World War.