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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!

Story Mapping in Luxembourgish History

An interactive map offers information about Luxemburgish History of WWII

Map of the places and the events of the general strike in Luxembourg during August and Septemeber 1942

The website “Der Generalstreik von 1942 in Luxemburg – Dimensionen des nationalsozialistischen Terrors am Beispiel des Standgerichts” (The general strike of 1942 in Luxembourg – dimensions of National Socialist terror using the example of the court material) tells the story of the eneral strike followed by the announcement of the cumpolsory military service for young Luxermbourgers in the Wehrmacht. Continue reading Story Mapping in Luxembourgish History

May 8, 1945 – Those who never returned home

May 8, 1945 – This day celebrates the liberation from the National Socialistic terror rule and marks an essential cut in the history of Europe. In 2020, 75 years after, this war went down into history books as the cruellest and violent armed conflict in the 20th century, where over 50 million lost their lives. 


“Help us to find them” – These calls were very common after the war in Luxembourg in magazines like “Ons Jongen” (1944-1951) of “Ligue des conscrits luxembourgeois réfractaires au service militaire allemand”, here: Ons Jongen, May 1948, p. 8.

While the unconditional surrender of the Wehrmacht finally marked the end of the National Socialist regime for most of Europe, Luxembourg dealt with reconstruction and the concern of the missing and the captured forced recruited, who had to fight (and die) for the German armed forces. Continue reading May 8, 1945 – Those who never returned home

Sources, Databases, Libraries, Archives….

Before starting with “Warlux”, we need of course collect existing sources, databases etc. One website or “database” is essential for our project:

Ons Jongen a Meedercher by  Fédération des Enrôlés de force (FEDDEF)

The association “Fédération des Enrôlés de force (FEDDEF)” created this database as about the forced recruitment in Luxembourg.

This database, built up over the years, includes 19,500 names of people, themes, organizations and cities relating to forced recruitment.
The aim is to provide information about these persons and offer an overview of the individual fates and stories. Continue reading Sources, Databases, Libraries, Archives….

The official launch of “WARLUX”

Soldiers and their communities in WWII: The impact and legacy of war experiences in Luxembourg

More than 10,000 Luxembourgish soldiers and recruits and an unknown number of Luxembourgish men and women wore German uniforms during WWII in armed forces and civil organizations, such as the Wehrmacht, Waffen-SS, armed police forces and the Reichsarbeitsdienst (RAD). Who were these people? What was the reason for their commitment to the occupation forces? How did their families cope with the situation? Continue reading The official launch of “WARLUX”