FUNDING PROGRAMME: Education with testimonies

Application: Support for an event to promote international knowledge-sharing
Educational use of video interviews with victims of National Socialism

The Foundation supports an international event at which academics and educators will be able to share their views and information on the latest developments in educational work with video interviews with victims of National Socialism. The deadline for the submission of applications was 13 March 2016.

Online-Publication: Forms of Testimony. Reports, Works of Art, Stories of Those Persecuted under National Socialism (VOL. 1)

Online-Publication: Forms of Testimony. Reports, Works of Art, Stories of Those Persecuted under National Socialism (VOL. 1)

Over the past decades, the survivors of National Socialism have collected an extensive archive of testimonies with the aim of keeping alive the memory and as a symbolic warning for future generations. The Foundation EVZ is looking for ways to make use of these valuable resource materials in historical and political education. Since 2009, the Foundation has been supporting exchanges between experts in this field in the “Discovering and Understanding” seminars. These online publications aim to make the results of the seminars known to a wider public and to provide impetus for school and non-school education work. Volume 1 contains important contributions and discussions from five nationwide seminars, each focusing on particular types of testimony: video interviews, artistic testimonies, written testimonies and autobiographical eyewitness literature as well as material from National Socialist trials.

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Online Publication: "From Testimony to Story. Video Interviews about Nazi Crimes. Perspectives and Experiences in four Countries" (VOL. 2)

Online Publication: "From Testimony to Story. Video Interviews about Nazi Crimes. Perspectives and Experiences in four Countries" (VOL. 2)

The Foundation EVZ has published the second volume of its publication series "Educational work with testimonies" online. The English-language anthology presents various collections of interviews with survivors of National Socialism. Experts from Israel, Poland, the Czech Republic and Germany report on educational work with eyewitness interviews and reflect on international developments, trends and debates in this field. The publication documents the results of three international seminars that the Foundation EVZ held in its event series "Discovering and Understanding. Educational work with testimonies of victims of National Socialism" in the years 2010 and 2011.

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Online Publication: Preserving Survivors´Memories - Digital Testimony Collections about Nazi Persecution: History, Education and Media (VOL. 3)

Online Publication: Preserving Survivors´Memories - Digital Testimony Collections about Nazi Persecution: History, Education and Media (VOL. 3)

Due to the generation shift, the central challenge has become to preserve the memories of the survivors of National Socialist persecution and to anchor these within 21st century cultural memory. In this transition phase, which includes rapid technical developments within information and communications technology, high expectations are being made of the collections of survivors’ audio and video interviews. This publication reflects the interdisciplinary debates currently taking place on the various digital techniques of preserving eyewitness interviews. The focus is how the changes in media technology are affecting the various fields of work, which include storage/archiving, education as well as the reception of the interviews.

 

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Online Publication: Interactions. Explorations of Good Practice in Educational Work with Video Testimonies of Victims of National Socialism (VOL. 4)

According to estimates, there are over 100,000 video testimonies with victims of National Socialism. Many of the interview archives are easily accessed, including some that are available in the Internet for free. While teachers are hesitant in making use of this treasure of source materials, learners are familiar with the figure of the eyewitness as communicated via film and television. But what can be taught with the help of what in cinematographic terms is often criticised as “talking heads”? What constitutes a good learning setting? And how do users interact with the – usually digitised – video testimonies and the collections that are often available online?

In January 2017 experienced educators and researchers attended an international workshop on “Localisation of video testimonies with victims of National Socialism in educational programmes” and discussed the question of what is good practice in this specific form of educational work. This volume is the result of that process. It provides an insight into the conceptual and practical ideas on which the various programmes are based.

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Contact

Leonore Martin 

Senior Project Manager

martin(at)stiftung-evz.de