First interview conducted with witness

The Warlux team conducted its first interview with a woman from Walferdange.

Interview (stock picture)

Born in 1927, she had been drafted on the 18th August 1944 and so was due to be sent to Germany. The war ended a few days later and she escaped the labour service (Reichsarbeitsdienst).

The team she talked about her fear of being sent to the German Reich and the consequences for her family. She told the warlux project about life under occupation and the liberation by the U.S. troops.

The interview was conducted via phone because of safety and health restrictions due to Covid-19.

We will transcribe the interview and add her story with her name to our data base and use her biography in our analysis of life sequences of the affected people.

Testimonies from women who were conscripted in the Reichsarbeitsdienst and kriegshilfsdienst

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.

Marie Bonichaux shows here Reichsarbeitsdienst documents (RTLDen Temoignage vun der Madamm Marie Bonichaux – Vum Dany Rasqué (Radio), Monica Camposeo (Télé)|Update: 18.10.2020 19:28)

Continue reading Testimonies from women who were conscripted in the Reichsarbeitsdienst and kriegshilfsdienst

WARLUX goes on Zoom

First presentation at a public academic conference with Arbeitskreis Deutsch-Niederländische Geschichte, Arbeitskreis Historische Belgienforschung, Fachinformationsdienst Benelux / Low Countries Studies due to Covid-19 with zoom app in a digital format on September 25, 2020.

https://www.fid-benelux.de/2020/08/28/workshop-historische-beneluxforschung-und-digital-history/

After the launch and hours in archives and libraries, such as scanners, and behind the screen of the database – finally “public” and presenting first results of WARLUX. Continue reading WARLUX goes on Zoom

Visiting Experts in Military History in Luxembourg

Warlux team on the road again – this time – Musée National d’Histoire Militaire in Diekirch

The expertise of military history in Luxembourg is to find in Diekirch – Benoit Niederkorn and Frank Rockenbrod welcomed the team in their museum. They showed us the exhibition and their collection. The impressive objects, uniforms and some documents and audio/video records are an essential asset in studying military history in the Grand-Duchy. Nevertheless, the museum focuses on the Battle of the Bulge and the Grand Ducal Army today. However, the colleagues provided us with many relevant tips and hints, in finding witnesses or other professional experts in the history of the Luxembourgish conscripts.

We will stay in touch and hope to be back soon!

Browsing through local archives for names of the conscripts

The Warlux team traveled up north to visit local archives in Clervaux and Weiswampach

Castle in Clervaux and the local administration with archive

Not sure what to find, in archives in the Luxembourgish Ardennes Region, we have found valuable material due to the support of the local authorities. Most of these are post-war documents, but these are name-related and provide important information about the biographies of those affected. Continue reading Browsing through local archives for names of the conscripts

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