Developing a Digital Interview Archive on Nazi Forced Labor

"Forced Labor 1939-1945" is a digital interview archive for the remembrance of the over twelve million people who were compelled to perform forced labor for Nazi Germany.

The online archive provides access to nearly 600 life stories told by former forced laborers from 26 countries. The project aims to conserve, as well as to make easily available and securely accessible, the collection of audio and video interviews in many different languages that have been compiled by the Institute for History and Biography at the FernUniversität Hagen.

The survivors’ memories have been available for use by schools and memorials and for education and research since January 2009. The development of the online platform, further translations, indexing and preparation for educational use will be continued.

The project is supported by the Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” in cooperation with the Freie Universität Berlin and the German Historical Museum.