Oral History Online Collection
In many research projects, the Leibniz Center for Contemporary History Potsdam (ZZF) has produced interviews that provide information about life stories, special events, social conditions and working relationships. One focus of the constantly growing collection is on narrative life history interviews about the GDR.
Such interviews not only reflect memories of the past, but also the research interests of the interviewees and the social situation at the time of the interview. Therefore, on the one hand, the interviews in this collection provide an insight into the memory of historical events and living conditions, and on the other hand, they form a body of knowledge about modern history and historiography of the past decades.
The ZZF's oral history collection intends to preserve these interviews and, where legally possible, to make them available to historical research. For this purpose, we cooperate with the Oral-History.Digital project to develop a common infrastructure for storing and researching oral history interviews. For the integration of oral history specific research data into a national and international research data infrastructure, the ZZF participates in the NFDI4memory consortium, which aims to build such an infrastructure for the historically working humanities.
The collection is currently under construction. The first sub-collections selected for the online portal are:
- Bridge Builders and Border Crossers. Contemporary History of the Iron Curtain
- Domination and self-sense/obstinacy („Eigen-Sinn“) in dictatorship
- Computer-experts of the GDR
- The media heritage of the GDR
Further collections are in preparation.
If you have any questions, please contact Olaf Berg at the ZZF.