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CegeSoma / José Gotovitch
Time period: 1939-1944
Number of interviews: 377
Accessibility: on demand
Transcripts: Partly

Mandatory registration as a reader of the General State Archives and State Archives in the Provinces.


Original media: audiotapes, audiocassettes and minidisks


French: 359

Dutch: 13

German: 5


Number of interviews: 372

fra: 351

ndl: 13

deu: 5

onbekend: 3

Transcripties: partly

Original carriers: audiotapes, audiocassettes and minidiscs

Current files: mp3; wav; flac

Accessibility: in the reading room

Obligatory registration as reader of the General State Archives and State Archives in the Provinces.

José Gotovitch was born in 1940. A Belgian historian, he graduated in history from the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) where he later taught contemporary history for many years. His doctoral thesis, which he defended in 1988, focused on the Belgian communists from 1939 to 1944. José Gotovitch joined the Centre for Research and Historical Studies of the Second World War in 1967 (later CegeSoma). He became its director from 1988 to 2005. He was also the scientific director of the Centre des archives communistes de Belgique (CARCOB) for several years.

José Gotovitch worked mainly on communism in Belgium but also on the Communist International in Moscow. He also examined the history of the Second World War from a social and prosopographical perspective. The nearly 400 interviews he conducted from 1970 to the end of the 1990s thus focused largely on communism in Belgium (P.C.B.), but also on resistance networks during the Second World War, as well as collaboration (Rex, flamingantism). Among others, he interviewed many politicians, ministers, Belgian and foreign secretaries general. Following these interviews, he published numerous books and articles, including L’An 1940 ; Du rouge au tricolore ; Du communisme et des communistes en Belgique : approches critiques ; L’Europe des communistes : identités politiques européennes ; La Seconde Guerre mondiale en Belgique : orientation archivistique ; Les occupations allemandes en Belgique, etc.

Lijst met interviews in alfabetische volgorde van respondenten