How does the commemoration of the “Ons Jongen” in Luxembourg look like? What is remembered and celebrated? What kind of ceremonies and memorials exist today?
During the summer semester of 2021 of the study program (Bachelor en Cultures Européennes) at the University of Luxembourg, Focus History – together with 18 students we discussed and shared aspects of commemoration and memorials of the conscripted women and men in Luxembourg during WWII.
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→
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
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:
#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 (https://nodegoat.net) 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).