Personal experiences told by the witnesses themselves can help to convey history to young people in a lively way.
Many former forced laborers would like to actively participate in memory work at the place of their lost youth. Research calls for individual and collective patterns of memory.
Soon, however, less and less survivors will be available for direct encounters and personal stories. Therefore, written or audiovisual recordings of testimonial accounts are being used more and more in research and historical-political education.
Digital archives safeguard these autobiographical testimonies and make them accessible online.