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.
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: