Category Archives: Digital (War)History

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

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.


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



Testimonies from women who were conscripted in the Reichsarbeitsdienst and kriegshilfsdienst

On the occasion of the day of remembrance on Sunday, October 18th 2020, Luxembourg commemorated the women and men who were conscripted into the Nazi organizations and forces. 3614 women were among the nearly 12,000 affected. 58 women died. Articles and reports about the fate of the women were broadcasted and published during the last days – and give the project “WARLUX” a unique source to conduct further research about the biographies of these women.

Marie Bonichaux shows here Reichsarbeitsdienst documents (RTLDen Temoignage vun der Madamm Marie Bonichaux – Vum Dany Rasqué (Radio), Monica Camposeo (Télé)|Update: 18.10.2020 19:28)

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WARLUX goes on Zoom

First presentation at a public academic conference with Arbeitskreis Deutsch-Niederländische Geschichte, Arbeitskreis Historische Belgienforschung, Fachinformationsdienst Benelux / Low Countries Studies due to Covid-19 with zoom app in a digital format on September 25, 2020.

After the launch and hours in archives and libraries, such as scanners, and behind the screen of the database – finally “public” and presenting first results of WARLUX. Continue reading WARLUX goes on Zoom


A similar project at the University of Osnabrück uses GIS supported analyzes based on personnel files of the Wehrmacht

This project is led by Prof. Christoph Rass ( to highlight the distribution of military losses over space and time and the distribution of losses over the recruitment area of ​a specific unit.

For Warlux we plan something similar and expect an exciting input. Hoping to discuss our results with the team of Professor Rass very soon.

Story Mapping in Luxembourgish History

An interactive map offers information about Luxemburgish History of WWII

Map of the places and the events of the general strike in Luxembourg during August and Septemeber 1942

The website “Der Generalstreik von 1942 in Luxemburg – Dimensionen des nationalsozialistischen Terrors am Beispiel des Standgerichts” (The general strike of 1942 in Luxembourg – dimensions of National Socialist terror using the example of the court material) tells the story of the eneral strike followed by the announcement of the cumpolsory military service for young Luxermbourgers in the Wehrmacht. Continue reading Story Mapping in Luxembourgish History