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How war experience affects the after generations – Jean-Claude Juncker speaks about his father in WWII

Jean-Claude Juncker – the former President of the European Commission (2014-2019) in an interview for “Werte” No 21

https://www.werte.com/de/85TmRRzG/dass-menschen-unter-diesem-erheblichen-wandel-ist/

In this interview the in Luxembourg born in 1954, Mr Juncker reflects his memory of his father, who was conscripted in the German Army in WWII. His father returned from the war, injured. When he was a kid, he watched his father and looked curiously at his injuries on his knee, neck and neck. Young Jean-Claude asked where he got the injuries from. But he never answered him. Later, when Mr Juncker was 16 or 17, the father started talking to him moderately about his war experiences.

How many other from this generation, born between 1920-1927 did not or could not talk about the war – because of fear of the stigma as possible supporters of the Nazis in Luxembourg, or they didn’t talk about their experiences and trauma at the front.

WARLUX will focus on these experiences and their stories in collecting and documenting different voices and their paths through the wartime.

+++UPDATE+++

Another interview with Mr Juncker was published on 25/11/2020

https://today.rtl.lu/media/podcasts/a/1616832.html

 

 

Data Collection Continues for Warlux – this time: Commune of Schifflange

WARLUX will provide the first study of the social history of Luxembourg during the occupation period and will use a biographical approach to offer a micro historical perspective on single actors in order to link individual life stories to home communities. The linking of biographical and spatial concepts to analyze individual war experiences and to deconstruct societal master narratives is one of the main goals of WARLUX.

Memorial for the “Énrôlés de force” in Schifflange – next to the community archive

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WARLUX Seminar at C2DH -in times of the pandemic

Discussions with colleagues and experts are currently becoming very difficult. What usually defines a research project is the exchange and input of others – due to the current pandemic, a meeting is therefore not appropriate. Therefore, the Warlux team was all the more happy and grateful to have an exchange in a hybrid framework. With colleagues at the C2DH and with colleagues connected via the screen.

Nina Janz and the doctoral researchers, Michel R. Pauly and Sarah Maya Vercruysse presented the project “Warlux” its research approach, the methodology and data set. Michel continued in introducing his planned thesis in the section “Called to arms” – Experience at the front in form of the study of school students in Luxembourg, who have been conscripted. Sarah Maya spoke about her research for “at home” – Families and communities in occupied Luxembourg and her approach to find more sources.

The project is still in his initial phase – and the research question is not set in stone yet – but warlux is taking form.

Memories of the front – Digital archive of Soviet Jewish soldiers in WWII

Blavatnik Archive collects memories and testimonies from Soviet Jewish soldiers who fought during WWII in the Red Army

https://www.blavatnikarchive.org/story/wwii-front

 

With over 30 million men, the Soviet Red Army was the largest and most ethnically diverse armed force ever assembled. 450,000 of these troops were Soviet-Jewish soldiers. The Blavatnik Archive is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to preserving and disseminating primary source materials that contribute to the study of 20th century Jewish and world history, with a special emphasis on World War I, World War II, and Soviet Russia. The Archive was founded in 2005 by American industrialist and philanthropist Len Blavatnik to reflect his commitment to cultural heritage, and expand his support for primary-source-based scholarship and education. Primarily through its metadata-rich, item-based website, the Archive shares its holdings as widely as possible for research, education, and public enrichment.

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Field Postcards

Introducing new sub section on the blog – the field postcard

Field post card

/ˈfiːld ˌpəʊst/ Noun

>Postal system in wartime, through which the postal connections between troops and home as well as within the troops (duty-free) are established

In this new section news, announcements or the introduction to our data collection at the Warlux project will be presented.

Collection Yves Rasqui, Hosingen – Britz, Pierre (Pionier-Kompanie 221) to Schmit, Mathilde, Ulflingen April 1943