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.
Call for Contribution – Launch
The individual war experiences in the study of the conscripts are essential in project Warlux and are included in the research. Ego documents (testimonies, family stories, diaries, letters, postcards, photographs…) are retrieved to complement the data set and existing documents in state and municipal archives. The Warlux project issued a call for crowdsourcing in February 2021, encouraging people to come forward to share their stories and their ego-documents or those of their family members.
The call was launched via a (digital) press conference, followed by newspaper articles and radio announcement and a social media campaign. The campaign will continue nationwide in the coming months with a flyer and poster campaign.
Call for Contributions WARLUX – Tell us your story
As part of the project “WARLUX – Soldiers and their Communities in WWII: The Impact and Legacy of War Experiences in Luxembourg”, the C²DH of the University of Luxembourg is researching the personal side of the history of Luxembourgish youth born between 1920 and 1927 who were enrolled into German services under the Nazi occupation of Luxembourg during the Second World War. In order to uncover the individual experiences of these men, women and families, the Centre wants to engage the public and calls on them to come forward and share their family stories, letters, diaries, photographs and other personal documents.
Am Kader vum Projet “WARLUX – Zaldoten an hier Communautéiten am Zweete Weltkrich: Den Impakt an d’Vermächtnis vun de Krichserfarungen zu Lëtzebuerg” (WARLUX – Soldiers and their communities in WWII: The impact and legacy of war experiences in Luxembourg), erfuerscht de C²DH, vun der Universitéit vu Lëtzebuerg, den individuellen Aspekt vun der Geschicht vun den, tëschent 1920 an 1927 gebueren, jonke Lëtzebuerger, déi wärend der nationalsozialistesch Besatzung vu Lëtzebuerg am Zweete Weltkrich an den däitschen Déngscht agezu gi sinn. Fir déi individuell Erfarunge vun dëse Männer, Fraen a Famillen z’entdecken, wëllt den Zenter d’Ëffentlechkeet mat abezéien a freet d’Leit sech ze mellen an hier Familljegeschichten, Bréiwer, Tagebicher, Fotoen an aner perséinlech Dokumenter ze deelen.
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!