News from Sep 24, 2018
The new issue (autumn 2018) of "Oral History", the journal of the British Oral History Society, contains an article by Cord Pagenstecher on "Testimonies in digital environments: comparing and (de-)contextualising interviews with Holocaust survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch".
The article discusses the role of digital technology in oral history. After describing the digital environments for large-scale interview collections created at Freie Universität Berlin, the article reflects on the impact of digital technology on recording, narrating and interpreting testimony. Then it suggests a comparative approach to recorded interviews as multimodal and multilingual historical sources. Some exemplary analyses of two interviews with Holocaust survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, recorded in 1998 and 2006, demonstrate the potential of digital research in oral history archives.