Tag Archives: Wehrmacht

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

MAPPING DEATH AND LOSSES IN THE 2ND WORLD WAR

A similar project at the University of Osnabrück uses GIS supported analyzes based on personnel files of the Wehrmacht

This project is led by Prof. Christoph Rass (https://www.imis.uni-osnabrueck.de/rass_christoph/zur_person/profil.html) to highlight the distribution of military losses over space and time and the distribution of losses over the recruitment area of ​a specific unit.

For Warlux we plan something similar and expect an exciting input. Hoping to discuss our results with the team of Professor Rass very 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