WARLUX will provide the first study of the social history of Luxembourg during the occupation period and will use a biographical approach to offer a micro historical perspective on single actors in order to link individual life stories to home communities. The linking of biographical and spatial concepts to analyze individual war experiences and to deconstruct societal master narratives is one of the main goals of WARLUX.
Memorial for the “Énrôlés de force” in Schifflange – next to the community archive
Discussions with colleagues and experts are currently becoming very difficult. What usually defines a research project is the exchange and input of others – due to the current pandemic, a meeting is therefore not appropriate. Therefore, the Warlux team was all the more happy and grateful to have an exchange in a hybrid framework. With colleagues at the C2DH and with colleagues connected via the screen.
Nina Janz and the doctoral researchers, Michel R. Pauly and Sarah Maya Vercruysse presented the project “Warlux” its research approach, the methodology and data set. Michel continued in introducing his planned thesis in the section “Called to arms” – Experience at the front in form of the study of school students in Luxembourg, who have been conscripted. Sarah Maya spoke about her research for “at home” – Families and communities in occupied Luxembourg and her approach to find more sources.
The project is still in his initial phase – and the research question is not set in stone yet – but warlux is taking form.
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.
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.
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→
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