Anita Lasker-Wallfisch in the German Parliament

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch during the interview, 2007

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch during the interview, 2007

Online learning app "Learning with interviews"

Online learning app "Learning with interviews"

News from Jan 31, 2018

On Wednesday, January 31st, 2018, Jewish Holocaust survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch will talk in the German Bundestag. She will be the main speaker in the live transmitted hour of remebrance for the victims of national socialsm, which will take place on the occasion of the 73rd anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp on January 27th, 1945.

The musician and Auschwitz survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch talked in numerous interviews about her childhood in Breslau, her persecution as a Jew, her forced labor work in the women orchestra in the concentration camp, her liberation from the camp Bergen-Bersen, her emigration to Great Britain, her work as a cellist as well as her commitment to memory and educational work.

In the year 2006 she gave Christoph Thonfeld an 3,5 hour long life story interview, which can be accessed on the online archive "Forced Labour 1939-1945". A 30 minute long film based on the original interview content is part of the online learning platform "Learning with Interviews: Forced Labour 1939-1945".

The web app "Learning with Interviews: Forced Labor 1939-1945" is a competence-based learning programme for students from 14 years of age. The life stories of former forced laborers take center stage. Seven representatives from different victim groups report on their experiences in camps and factories, the behaviour of the Germans and their experiences after returning home.

The 25-minute biographical short films are based on video interviews from the online archive "Forced Labor 1939-1945".  Two background films provide information on forced labor and compensation as well as about oral history. Informational texts, tips on methods of use, timeline and lexicon, documents and maps help to contextualize the information. The tasks can be edited directly in the operating window of the learning platform. The working proposals are suitable for different grades of all types of school and coordinated with a 90-minute teaching module.

Transcripts, translations, navigation and tasks, editing window and portfolio function make research-based learning in regular classes, on project days and in exam presentations possible. Teachers can add their own tasks. Didactic commentaries and the bookmark and note-taking function support an effective and group specific preparation of lessons.

The archive "Forced Labor 1939-1945", the learning app "Learning with interviews: Forced Labor 1939-1945" and other comparable learning environments for Czech and Russian students were developed by the Center for Digital Systems at the Freie Universität Berlin and its cooperation partners with support by the Foundation "Remebrance, Responsivility and Future". The new learning environment "Witnesses of the Shoah" contains also an interview film with Anita Lasker-Wallfisch.

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