Onboarding Memories

Digital memory spaces on the topic of Nazi Forced Labour
Junge Frauen vor dem Transport nach Deutschland
© Bundesarchiv, Bild 183-B19887, Foto: Knödler

More than 20 million people were exploited and enslaved as forced labourers under National Socialism. The victims came from almost all European countries as well as the countries of the former Soviet Union.

Not only large corporations in war-related industries profited from Forced Labour, but also small workshops and farms. The fates and continuing significance of this Nazi injustice in its European perspective have never been anchored in the communicative memory.

Onboarding Memories wants to use new approaches - such as immersive digital elements – so that the perspective of the victims can be experienced newly and above all emotionally. The relics - video interviews, photographs, documents - already available in archives are used and integrated into new settings.

The result is a digital network of memory spaces that are individually designed and freely accessible. Local history initiatives work together with young people in small teams on-site. 360-degree photographs form the spaces in which the stories and people are anchored and explained. Linked together, they invite you to embark on a journey to an important but also painful chapter of European commemorative culture.

The EAB is carrying out the project together with the Krzyżowa Foundation for Mutual Understanding in Europe in Grodziszcze, Poland and the Centre Européen Robert Schuman in Scy-Chazelles, France.

The project is funded by the Foundation Erinnerung, Verantwortung und Zukunft and the Federal Ministry of Finance (BMF).

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