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The war children

Time period: 1939-1945


Number of interviews: 122

ndl: 57

fra: 42

deu: 9

unknown: 13

Transcriptions: none

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.

A graduate in Germanic languages and a licenced secondary school teacher in 1964, Gerlinda Swillen defended her doctoral thesis on “Born of War children” at the VUB in 2016. From 2009 to 2013, she was also spokesperson for the international BOW i.n. network. (Born Of War international network).

Oral testimonies are one of the main sources of Gerlinda Swillen’s research work on these children. Since 2008, she has interviewed several dozen witnesses. All of Gerlinda Swillen’s interviews were submitted in digital format to CegeSoma. Many photographs were attached to further complement the sound archive collection. These children born to Belgian mothers and German fathers were interviewed in French, Dutch or German. A large proportion of the interviewees wished to remain anonymous and the recordings are not yet freely accessible. A specific authorization must be granted by the interviewer.