Using data analysis on recruited Luxembourgers in WWII or how to map WAR EXPERIENCES???

#nodegoatday2021 – organised by Kaspar Gubler at the University of Bern team Warlux had the opportunity to introduce the Warlux data model with nodegoat and to discuss the use of relational data base with others.

nodegoat ( is the data storage and data management platform for Warlux. We will list all our individuals in our case studies to grasp and visualise the links between the individuals. We will use this tool as our “database” for statistical overviews and our quantitative analysis. (The ego-documents, the result of our crowdsourcing project, we will use qualitative methodologies with another tool, not yet defined).


Data model (by Nina Janz)

The core of the Warlux data model are the biographical data about the conscripts – name, date of birth, death and places of residences (where did the live during the conscription etc.) and other statements such as education, profession and information about their Wehrmacht services and Reichsarbeitsdienst camps. We will link the information with other individuals (family member?), with places and the camps.


data structure in nodegoat and the different value types in nodegoat 1/2 (by Nina Janz)
data structure in nodegoat and the different value types in nodegoat 2/2 (by Nina Janz)


Linking statements

data model draft (by Nina Janz)

The different statements will be of course “linked” with each other to see the connections and a “network” of individuals who shared the same or smilier war experiences, while they they are in the same unit or camp.

HOW TO MAP or SKETCH WAR EXPERIENCES with single statements about individuals

For the quantitative analysis we will use “external” criteria, expressed by single statements:

  • returned – yes/no
  • recruited before August 1942 – yes/no In August 1942 the obligatory military service was introduced, others went before and “volunteered”)
  • volunteer – yes/no 
  • POW/captured – yes/no
  • faced trial after return – yes/no

With these statements, we can draw a map of the war experiences of our “study objects”.

single statements (data model draft, by Nina Janz)

This datamodel is still a work in process. Many other statements such as the family members have to be added.

As main sources for the “basic data” for Warlux:

  • recruitment lists
  • état civil (birth and death registries)
  • Haushaltskartei (Household fichier, the Nazis counted every household, with the name of all family members)
  • dommage de guerre (compensation documentation after the war, with information on their stations during the war)
  • military personnel dossiers
  • questionnaires about the single stations during the war 

Like mentioned, this is an ongoing work. Together with the team we will specify the model, add, merge, improve and keep working on.

On more input can be found.


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