What we do

ARQ Centre of Excellence on War, persecution and violence initiates research and conducts research in response to practical questions that arise in society regarding the social and psychological impact of war, memory and commemoration. Research projects result in practical advice for clients. We have a research-partnership with the Dutch National Committee 4 and 5 May, the national organization for the memory and commemoration of the Second World War and the celebration of the liberation in 1945. Other partners in ARQ and external and international partners are closely involved with research projects as well.

The ARQ Centre of Excellence on War, persecution and violence actively supports professional organizations of victims of war, as well as networks of volunteer organizations. We aim to keep the memory of the Second World War alive, and organize events to support those people that are affected across generations. 

Also, the ARQ Centre of Excellence on War, persecution and violence provides in-company workshops and courses for care givers and professionals about caring for elders with trauma, and about dealing with emotional visitors in museums, archives and memorial sites.

The ARQ Library houses a collection of sources and literature, specialized in the psychosocial impact of shocking events, in Dutch as well as English. We speak English, German, French and Danish.

For more information about our projects, library and services, contact: kc-oorlog@arq.org