Project tells story of Nazi forced labor
Posted 22 January 2009 - 05:59 PM
Helena Bohle-Szacki was seized by the Nazis in 1944 and thrown into the Ravensbrueck concentration camp as a forced laborer.
Her story is one of 590 audio and video interviews of former forced laborers from 26 countries made available online Thursday by the German Historical Museum, the Remembrance, Responsibility and Future foundation, and Berlin's Free University.
The online archive, "Forced Labor 1939-1945," is intended to make the experiences of former forced laborers available to researchers, teachers and students worldwide. In 398 audio interviews and 192 video interviews in 25 languages, eyewitnesses tell the stories of their lives.
In one of the video interviews, Bohle-Szacki gazes at the camera, cigarette holder in hand, describing how she and a friend survived as teenagers — and even mustered small acts of resistance, like sabotaging a drill press.
Bohle-Szacki, 80, said Thursday that she had felt an obligation to participate in the project.
"There are so few witnesses left from this time and I think one has to talk about it, particularly now with a certain distance and new knowledge."
Posted 22 January 2009 - 08:44 PM
Posted 22 January 2009 - 10:40 PM
Quousque tandem abutere, Catilina, patientia nostra...
Posted 22 January 2009 - 11:06 PM
For the first time I have seen "History" at close quarters,and I know that its actual process is very different from what is presented to Posterity. - WWI General Max Hoffman.
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