Projects dealing with Oral History

"Oral History" is a method within the History Studies in which face-to-face interviews are conducted with surviving witnesses or verbal sources are analysed and evaluated. It provides us with a different perspective of the past and gives people a voice who would otherwise not have been heard.

arbeit-mit-zeitzeugen.org   deutsch

This portal aims in showing the roles of the contemporary witnesses in the German history after 1945 to reflect and promote discussions of chances and limits aligned with working with eyewitnesses, particularly in the field of adult education. This includes “classical” interviews with eyewitnesses, oral history and biographical communication.

Die Quellen sprechen   deutsch

Actors and contemporary witnesses read hundreds of selected documents about the persecution of the Jews during the Nazi era – summarized by the perpetrators, the victims and observers.

Hear our history: an introduction to learning and teaching oral history   english

Comprehensive webpages on the topic of oral history, including a virtual exhibition of a competition held for pupils on the topic, introductory texts, tips for executing oral history projects with pupils, additional literature and links.

MemoryLoops.net   deutschenglish

Munich along with Memory Loops implements a visual memorial for the victims of the Nazi Regime. The audio work of Michael Melián comprises of 300 German and 175 English soundtracks that can be downloaded for free on an interactive city card.

Migration-Audio-Archiv: Erzählte Migrationsgeschichte   deutsch

The Migration Audio Archive is a collection of more than 130 audible migration stories and narrated history of migration. The archive, established in 2004 and steadily growing since then, records stories of immigrants to Germany for the public in a variety of formats, such as on the internet as well as on the radio and in the form of listening stations “on the move”.

Sahel Oral History Project   english

SOS Sahel UK has collected memories and experiences of mainly older farmers and refugees from the Sahel region as part of the Sahel Oral History Project conducted in eight African countries. The project did not exclusively aim at recording indigenous knowledge, but was rather about gaining a better understanding of the various aspects of life in the Sahel (such as traditional ways of farming) in order to improve planning of development and sustainability aid.

South African History Archive: Oral-History-Collections   english

The South African History Archive (SAHA) is an independent human rights archive which collects documents on the struggle for justice in South Africa’s past and present and makes them available to the public. SAHA has conducted and documented numerous projects on oral history. The collections contain interviews with anti-Apartheid activists, certificates of staff of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, conversations with victims of the xenophobic violence in May 2008 and much more.

The Truth Commission Special Report Multimedia Project   english

The South African History Archive, together with the South African Broadcasting Corporation, has compiled a multimedia production from 86 parts of the television series Truth Commission Special Report. The production is available to university libraries and charitable organisations. The TV series, broadcast from 1996 until 1998, was a documentary of public hearings by the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission for coming to terms with the crimes committed under Apartheid rule.

Überlebende erzählen – Visuelle Interpretation   deutsch

16 women report about their incarceration in the women’s concentration in Ravensbrueck and in the youth concentration in Uckermark.

Wir waren so frei…   deutschenglish

Initiated in 2008 by the Deutsche Kinemathek and the Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung, their internet archive contains nearly 7000 movies and photos from the time between 1989 and 1990 and more than 100 accompanying written memories that have been provided by users.