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RECORDING THE WAR EXPERIENCE

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.

 

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.

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!