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LETTERS AS SOURCES? BETWEEN FRONTLINE AND PENCIL – PERSONAL EXPERIENCES OF LUXEMBOURGERS DURING WWII IN NAZI LABOUR AND ARMED SERVICES

The current project WARLUX aims to study the biographies of young Luxembourgers, born between 1920 and 1927, who were drafted by the German Nazi authorities for Labour Service (Reichsarbeitsdienst) and the German Army (Wehrmacht). The conscription of young Luxembourgers is mostly displayed in documents, starting from police, enrolment registration records by regional authorities, lists of transportations and records about their service. However, for the study of biographies, a more personal insight of the affected people is required, as behind these administrative files ley 10.000 other stories.

Soldiers writing letters (from: Horst Hinrichsen, Die deutsche Feldpost. Organisation und Ausrüstung 1939-1945, Wölfersheim-Berstadt 1998, p. 35.

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