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Rijksarchief te Gent | State Archives in Ghent (Ghent, Belgium)

    Sample collection on women migrants at the State Archives in Ghent below

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    Collection: Albert Guislain: Correspondance générale: lettres reçues et copies de lettres expédiées: HWANG, Nadine | Albert Guislain: General correspondence: letters received and copies of letters sent: HWANG, Nadine (Belgium: 1949)

    Description: Letter from Chinese-Belgian pilot Nadine Hwang (1902–1972) to Belgian writer and lawyer Albert Guislain, as well as a copy of a letter sent to Hwang by Guislain. Hwang was born in Madrid, where her diplomat father had been transferred. Her family returned to China in 1913, where she became a pilot and held the rank of colonel in the Chinese Air Force. She lived in Paris from 1933 but was deported as a political prisoner to the Ravensbrück women’s concentration camp in 1944, where she met her future life partner, Nelly Mousset-Vos. Briefly separated when Mousset-Vos was deported to another concentration camp, they successfully reunited in Brussels after the war and lived together for the rest of their lives. The 2022 documentary film Nelly & Nadine provides further details on the women’s experiences of forced migration, supported by Mousset-Vos’s camp diaries, which are privately owned by her family.

    Archive address: Bagattenstraat 43, 9000 Ghent

    Reference number: Algemeen Rijksarchief / Archives générales du Royaume – I 296 – 949

    Links: Visit the State Archives of Belgium’s website HERE and search the collection HERE and HERE.

    Contributor: Katelin Parsons