Presentation of the new online learning platform "Learning with Interviews" and theatre performance at the Refik-Veseli-Schule Berlin-Kreuzberg
During the well-attended event on June 27, 2016 Cord Pagenstecher, Rico Simke and Dorothee Wein from the Freie Universität Berlin presented the newly developed online platform on historical learning with audiovisual testimonies in the auditorium at the Refik-Veseli-Schule in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
More than 20 million people were subjected to Nazi forced labor – on the online platform Learning with Interviews seven survivors report on their experiences in camps and factories, on the behavior oft the Germans and their experiences after returning home.
In their welcome speech the head teacher of the Refik-Veseli-Schule – Dr. Ulrike Becker, Dr. Andreas Eberhardt (chairman of the Foundation „Remembrance, Responsibility and Future“), Dr. Götz Bieber (director of the Berlin-Brandenburg Land Institute for Schools and Media) and Ulrich Bongertmann (chairman of the Association of the German History Teachers) put the possibilities of history teaching with digital media into a broader social context.
Afterwards the students of the Ernst-Haeckel-Schule Marzahn-Hellersdorf performed a part of the well-reputed play „Ansichts-Karten. Von Gestern nach Morgen“ (Picture postcards from yesterday to today) which was produced in cooperation with the theatre company speeagenten Berlin and shows the examination with video testimonies on stage. This multi-media performance is based – among other things – on the video testimony of the artist and survivor of the Ravensbrück concentration camp – Helena Bohle-Szacki from the online archive "Forced Labor 1939-1945". Her report can also be found on the new learning platform together with other six life stories.
Finally there were some drinks and snacks prepared by the students of the Refik-Veseli-Schule which offered the opportunity to ask questions and discuss with all persons involved (students, actresses, teachers and the developers of the platform).