Category Archives: Digital (War)History


The Warlux team interviews Madame Georgette Jacoby Sheehan, who had to join the Reichsarbeitsdienst during WWII


Madame Jacoby Sheehan welcomed the Warlux team, Dr. Nina Janz and B.A. history student Cristina Sobral in her home in Echternach. The lively lady was happy to talk and to chat with a researcher and a student from the University of Luxembourg.

Miss Sobral attended the class of Dr. Janz during the summer semester 2021 about “Ego-documents” and the personal war experiences of Luxembourgish conscripts during WWII. The class included the study of personal stories of male and female individuals who were recruited by the Wehrmacht and/or Reichsarbeitsdienst.

Miss Sobral chose the biography of Madame Jacoby-Sheehan, a Luxembourgish native from the capital of the Grand-Duchy.


Madame Jacoby-Sheehan enjoys a blessed and healthy life and was willing to open her doors to researchers to talk about her experiences during the war.

A biography of Madame Jacoby-Sheehan will be published here by Miss Sobral.

The recordings will help the WARLUX team and future historians to trace the war experiences of this generation and to research WWII in Luxembourg in depth.

Many thanks to Alexandre GERMAIN from the MediaCentre of the University of Luxembourg, and of course to Miss Sobral for her support and her passionate curiosity to ask many questions about history.


The “Love Letter” Archive

An archive in Germany collects love letters over the century until today – a citizen science approach

The archive is being digitised, indexed and made accessible in cooperation with the Technical University of Darmstadt. The archive records are stored at the Koblenz-Landau University Library (Koblenz Campus).

The archive shows Love letters how private writing changes over time. Love letter exists in wide circles of society; one gains an insight into the writing norms not only of individuals but also of milieus, age groups and genders. So it is not surprising that the love letter is differentiated along with the popular writing media from the little note to the love letter, from the telegram to the postcard, from the e-mail to the WhatsApp chat. The question is to what extent the functions of writing are being explored anew.

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Zwangssoldaten, Malgré-Nous, Zwangsrekrutéiert? – Terms, Numbers and Statistics – Workshop of Project WARLUX

Workshop-Invitation – October 14, 2021: 10 am – 5:30 pm Belval Campus and online (hybrid)


Zwangssoldaten, Malgré-Nous, Zwangsrekrutéiert – three regions, three terms, one fate? After the German invasion of its western neighbours, France, the Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg in 1940, the border regions reaching from Eastern Belgium over Luxembourg to Alsace-Lorraine were seen by the Third Reich as lost German territories that needed reintegration into the Reich. One part of that reintegration policy was recruiting the local female and male youth into German labour services and armed forces. Continue reading Zwangssoldaten, Malgré-Nous, Zwangsrekrutéiert? – Terms, Numbers and Statistics – Workshop of Project WARLUX


On June 4, 2021 the WARLUX team met other colleagues from all over Europe at nodegoat day 2021 to discuss the utility and possibilities with nodegoat

Here is the recording of our presentation:

Here you find more info about nodegoat:

Thank you Kaspar Gubler for organising the workshop!

And a summary:

Biographies of Conscripts – testing timeline

From our seminar Biographies of Luxembourgish male and female conscripts in the Wehrmacht and Reichsarbeitsdienst – Research Seminar on studying personal experiences in Luxembourg during the Second World War in the B.A. program “Cultures Européennes – Histoire” at the University of Luxembourg, 20 students researched and discovered the Biographies of conscripts and their war experiences during the WWII in Luxembourg

Link for the course description

In the first lectures, the students earned an overview of the topic and the research literature. In the next steps, the students had to analyse and understand the concept of a biography and the contextualization of the story of the individuals. With Knightlab, an open community of designers, developers, students, and educators at Northwestern University, to share information and digital storytelling projects, the students used a “timeline” for the biographies.

Here is one example for the timeline of a conscript:

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