Lecture by Tatjana Tönsmeyer, Agnes Laba, Matthias Bremm (Wuppertal) in the context of the Research Colloquium “Digital perspectives”, SoSe 2022

„Societies under German Occupation – Experiences and Everyday Life in World War II“: Gegenstand, editorisches Anliegen, technische Umsetzung, Usability

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Thursdays, 6-8 p.m. c.t., digital via Zoom

Link: https://uni-trier.zoom.us/j/85154523515?pwd=VG9SYWZzY2Vlc21YNkRtRU9yWldtUT09


The history of World War II has so far been written primarily as a history of Nazi expansion and its actors, with a focus on the Holocaust and Wehrmacht crimes. In addition, there is a strong focus on the resistance in most of the formerly occupied countries. Less attention has been paid in research and teaching to the situation of local populations under occupation conditions.

To address this desideratum, the international research and editing project “World War II - Everyday Life Under German Occupation” is developing an online edition documenting the diverse and complex situations, everyday experiences and survival strategies of local populations in the regions of Europe occupied by the Wehrmacht.

The project is led by Prof. Dr. Tatjana Tönsmeyer and is funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of North Rhine-Westphalia. For the implementation, the virtual research environment for the humanities and social sciences - FuD will be used and extended for data collection. Based on this data, the online edition will be developed, which consists of several modules for reading, comparing and searching, among other things, and includes various visualizations. Dr. Matthias Bremm works in the project and it is coordinated by Dr. Agnes Laba, who is a research assistant in the Department of Modern and Contemporary History. In the past year, this online edition has already been used several times by students for test purposes in teaching at the Bergische Universität Wuppertal.

Keywords: Dissemination and Community Building in the DH