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