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Interviews about Nazi Forced Labor - The Collection
The digital archive “Forced Labor 1939-1945” contains interviews with 590 survivors of Nazi forced labor.
590 members of various groups targeted for persecution recount their memories in life story interviews in 25 different languages. The interviews were conducted in 2005-2006. The archive contains 32 subsets compiled from various interview projects in 26 countries under the direction of the FernUniversität in Hagen – University of Hagen.
A fulltext search in the interview-transcripts is available for registered users. By categories such as "group", "deployment area" or "language", the interviews can be filtered. An interactive map enables users to search for sites of biographical relevance to the interviewees.
A video clip about the project "Forced labor 1939-1945" is only available in German. Click here »
This spring - 80 years after the handover of power to the Nazis and 67 years after the liberation - new projects of rememberance in Berlin offer information also on the history of forced labor.
From January 9 until March 8, 2013, the international exhibition "Forced Labor. The Germans, the Forced Laborers and the war" is on display in the Royal Palace of Warsaw.
On November 4, 2012, our interview partner Claudio Sommaruga died at the age of 92.