Berlin Digital Humanities Award for the digital interview archive "Forced Labor 1939-1945"

Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW)

Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW)

The members of the project team present at the award ceremony

The members of the project team present at the award ceremony

News from Jun 27, 2018

The digital interview archive "Forced Labor 1939-1945. Memory and History" and the corresponding learning platform "Learning with Interviews" were awarded the Berlin DH Prize 2018 on June 26.

"Forced Labor 1939-1945" commemorates the more than 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. The interviews which were transcribed, translated, and comprehensively indexed at Freie Universität are accessible in an online archive after registration. Via register, full-text and map searches, precise positions in multilingual audio and video interviews lasting several hours can be accessed. For schools CeDiS developed the multilingual online application "Learning with Interviews". This interactive platform conveys not only the history of National Socialist forced labor, but also source-critical and media skills to students in Germany as well as in the Czech Republic, Russia and Poland.

The project "Forced Labor 1939-1945", which is based in digital history, especially oral and visual history, provides an innovative application of digital humanities with its diverse research possibilities and didactically advanced learning environment: audio-visual sources and narrative data are made available in a new way for research, teaching and education. Numerous research projects and courses at Freie Universität, for example in the fields of Eastern European Studies, Jewish Studies, or History Didactics, use the indexed material. As a new section of Freie Universität's university library, CeDiS is also using the technology developed for other interview collections, for example on the German occupation in Greece. The development and provision of a software environment for the preparation and analysis of multimedia research data in the context of interview collections as well as the development of multimedia learning material for historical learning are core components of the project.

The archive "Forced Labor 1939-1945. Memory and History" and the learning platform "Learning with Interviews" are funded by the Foundation "Remembrance, Responsibility and Future" (ECC).

The Interdisciplinary Research Network Digital Humanities in Berlin (if|DH|b) creates a forum for strengthening common interests in research, teaching and sustainable data provision across established technical and organisational boundaries. With the Berlin DH Prize, which has been awarded since 2015, if|DH|b honours outstanding Berlin projects in the field of Digital Humanities. The award was presented at a public ceremony on June 26, 2018 at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences (BBAW).

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