The impact of war experiences in Europe – The conscription of non-German men and women into the Wehrmacht and Reichsarbeitsdienst (1938-1945)

26 October 2022 to 28 October 2022

WARLUX international conference
International conference organised by the C²DH WARLUX team.

In connection with the WARLUX research project, launched in 2020 at the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) / University of Luxembourg, we are pleased to invite you to our international conference on 26-28 October 2022. The conference will focus on the impact of war experiences of non-German nationals serving in the Nazi German armed forces and labour organisations.

We are honoured to welcome two internationally distinguished keynote speakers:

Prof. Dr. Jörg Echternkamp, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg / Zentrum für Militärgeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften der Bundeswehr (ZMSBw), Germany

Historicizing Experiences of War: Profits and Pitfalls of Narratological Approaches

Date & time: 26 October 2022 - 6 pm
Location: University of Luxembourg - Campus Belval - Maison du Savoir - MSA 3.330


Prof. Dr. Elizabeth Vlossak, Brock University, Canada

'Forced conscripts' in history and memory

Date & time: 27 October 2022 - 6 pm
Location: University of Luxembourg - Campus Belval - Maison du Savoir - MSA 3.330


26-28 October 2022

Location: Maison du Savoir, Belval Campus, room 3.160 (conference) and MSA 3.330 (keynotes)

The conference will be organised in a hybrid mode, which will allow for both physical and online participation.

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Wednesday, 26 October

Arrival & Registration
Welcome by Denis Scuto

Keynote “Historicizing Experiences of War: Profits and Pitfalls of Narratological Approaches”
Jörg Echternkamp, Zentrum für Militärgeschichte und Sozialwissenschaften der Bundeswehr (ZMSBw) / Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg
19.30 End of Day 1

Thursday, 27 October

PANEL 1 - Mechanisms of recruitment and military service
  Moderator: Peter M. Quadflieg
  Naturalisation and Military Service during the Second World War
Denis Scuto, C²DH, University of Luxembourg
  Being a Soldier – Between individual and soldierly experientality of Luxembourgish recruits in WWII
Nina Janz, C²DH, University of Luxembourg
  Fighting for the enemy: recruitment of Slovenians for the Waffen-SS during the Second World War
Klemen Kocjancic, Defence Research Centre of the Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Ljubljana
Coffee break
PANEL 2 - Shifting allegiances 
  Moderator: Christoph Brüll 
  Identity change as a survival strategy: Forcibly mobilized Wehrmacht soldiers applying for the Allied armies-in-exile
Zdenko Maršálek, Institute of Contemporary History/Czech Academy of Sciences
  From ‘forced conscription’ to compulsory military service: Luxembourg’s ‘forced conscripts’ and the question of post-war military service
Felix Streicher, Department of History, Maastricht University
Nina Janz, C²DH, University of Luxembourg
  Friends and/or Enemies? Conflicting Loyalties among Soldiers Fighting Both in the German Army and the Allied Forces
Machteld Venken, C²DH, University of Luxembourg
Lunch break
PANEL 3 - War experiences from below
  Moderator: Sonja Kmec
  Adaptive Stances of East Belgians in the Wehrmacht and Reichsarbeitsdienst (1940-1945). Insights Through Ego Documents
Philippe Beck, Zentrum für Ostbelgische Geschichte & UCLouvain
  Forcibly Mobilised Slovene Soldiers in Wehrmacht – Diaries' Analysis of their War Experiences
Monika Kokalj Kočevar, National Museum of Contemporary History of Slovenia
Coffee break

Paper and ink in the Soviet camp 188 in Tambov: capturing the camp life of Luxembourger conscripts 
Inna Ganschow, C²DH, University of Luxembourg
  Navigating War and Identity: Malgré-nous Marc(z)ell Wolfersberger in the German Army, 1942-1944
David W. Wildermuth, Shippensburg State University

Keynote “'Forced conscripts' in history and memory”
Elizabeth Vlossak, Brock University
20.00 Dinner for the participants

Friday, 28 October

PANEL 4 - Draft evasion, desertion, imprisonment and their consequences
  Moderator: Jean-Noel Grandhomme
  Family liability and Umsiedlung – Consequences of desertion on families of Luxembourgish recruits (1942-1945)
Sarah Maya Vercruysse, C²DH, University of Luxembourg
  Beihilfe zur Fahnenflucht in der Rechtsprechung der deutschen Sondergerichten auf den besetzten Gebieten Polens (1939-1945)
Konrad Graczyk, University of Silesia in Katowice & Institute of National Remembrance in Warsaw
Coffee break

La captivité des Malgré-Nous alsaciens & mosellans chez les Alliés anglo-saxons
Philippe Gény, l’École Doctorale de l’Université Bordeaux Montaigne
  Alsatian Draft Evaders in Switzerland (1942-1945)
Tobias Kossytor, European University Institute
Closing discussion
12.15 Lunch


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