Vers un nouveau droit de la guerre – Un jour dans l’histoire

Pieter Lagrou and Ornella Rovetta were interviewed by Jean-Pol Hecq on justice after the First World War, an interview broadcasted on RTBF’s Un jour dans l’histoire on 24 October 2018.

Conseil de guerre du Brabant, Jugement contre W., 29.04.1925

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From Belgium to the Hague via Berlin and Moscow

On 10 July 2018, Delphine Lauwers gave a paper at the International Society for First World War Studies conference “Recording, Narrating and Archiving the First World War”, held in Melbourne.

From Belgium to the Hague via Berlin and Moscow: Documenting war crimes and the quest for international justice







Being able to explore new sources on the Great War, a hundred years after it ended is a quite unique and exciting experience for any WWI historian. But the very nature of the documents that we are dealing with in the present case makes it even more thrilling. We are indeed facing hundreds of investigation and prosecution files, produced by both military and civil jurisdictions during and after the Great War in Belgium. These records offer new material for the study of WWI in Belgium, as well as of the history of international criminal law.

But why would such a rich, fascinating collection remain unexploited? All of it was in fact packed together with a vast amount of various documents, and kept more than 2.500 km away from Brussels for 57 years. It seems like the very existence of some of these documents fell into oblivion as time passed. Before diving into these amazing “sleeping beauties”, let us briefly explain why they have traveled that far and have remained largely unheard of until recently.

Le procès d’Otto Siegburg (1949): la justice belge et le crime contre l’Humanité

Lors de la journée d’étude « Le siège de la Gestapo à Bruxelles – Reconnaissance et conservation » qui a été organisée le vendredi 21 octobre 2011 à la Bibliothèque Royale par la Mémoire d’Auschwitz ASBL et la Fondation Auschwitz, Marie-Anne Weisers a présenté ses recherches sur le procès Siegburg “Un chasseur de Juifs au tribunal. Otto Siegburg, la justice belge et le crime contre l’humanité”. Cette journée a porté sur le siège de la Gestapo à Bruxelles et les éventuelles possibilités de classement des caves des bâtiments occupés. Le classement définitif de ces caves a eu lieu en janvier 2016.

Les actes du colloque ont fait l’objet de la publication suivante: Daniel Weyssow (dir.), Les caves de la Gestapo. Reconnaissance et conservation, Paris, Éditions Kimé, 2013, 213 p. (n° 5)

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