The conference is being initiated by three institutions with international fields of work in the areas of remembrance culture, historical video archives and developments of digital media technologies for research and teaching.
The Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”, Berlin, has documented the history of forced labour under National Socialism with new sources of history-based experience and events and make presented these to the public by promoting an international life history interview project with former forced labourers in connection with a historical-documentary travelling exhibition.
The Center for Digital Systems at Freie Universität Berlin develops multimedia historical archives, such as e.g. “Forced Labour 1939-1945: Memories and History” and makes them available for research, teaching and school classes. Special priority areas here are the academic treatment of the interviews, their integration into user-kindly web working environments and the development of digital teaching and learning materials.
The USC Shoah Foundation is the Institute for Visual History and Education of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. It has built up the world’s largest interview archive – the Visual History Archive which contains 52,000 video interviews that were recorded in 32 languages and 56 countries. The USC Shoah Foundation has an extensive network of international partner organisations that use the interviews in education and research.