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Living Memories for Education and Research
Personal experiences told by the witnesses themselves can help to convey history to young people in a lively way.
Liliana S., Jewish Italian
Many former forced laborers would like to actively participate in memory work at the place of their lost youth. Research calls for individual and collective patterns of memory.
Soon, however, less and less survivors will be available for direct encounters and personal stories. Therefore, written or audiovisual recordings of testimonial accounts are being used more and more in research and historical-political education.Digital archives safeguard these autobiographical testimonies and make them accessible online.
- Example Biographies from the Collection
- Expert Interview with Ulrike Jureit (German)
- Expert Interview with Franziska Henningsen (German)
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.