An Interview Archive for Education and Research
The interview archive "Forced Labor 1939-1945" commemorates the over twenty million people who were forced to work for Nazi Germany.
Nearly 600 former forced laborers from 26 countries tell their life stories in detailed audio and video interviews. There are also transcripts, translations, photos and short biographies.
The archive is accessible online after registration and is available in German, English and Russian.
Various educational materials and projects support and encourage the commemoration of the victims of Nazi forced labor in the classroom and in museums, in political education and at universities.
The online platform “learning with interviews” brings the interviews to the classrooms across Germany, the Czech Republic, Poland and Russia. The educational platforms focus on several 25-minute biographical short films with accompanying tasks and materials. In addition there are background films, transcripts and translations, info texts and method tips as well as a timeline and an encyclopedia.
National Socialist Germany created one of the largest systems of forced labor in history. Not until 60 years after the end of the war did the compensation debate again bring back to mind the memory of the long-time forgotten victims of forced labor.
The website provides in depth background information on the topic.
The witnesses talk about the German invasions of Poland, the Soviet Union and Italy, the bombings during the war, the liberation or the post-war trials. In ten-minute interview excerpts they describe their experiences on " slave labor", the "Polish"- and "Ostarbeiter-decrees", the police and the culture of remembrance
Experts from science and practice comment on important questions concerning Nazi forced labor, compensation, patterns of remembrance and life story interviews. The several hours lasting interviews are summarized in half-hour films and are divided in chapters.
Interviews with Experts