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Tuesday, May 17 • 13:00 - 13:45
Memorizing Bombed Cities ALMOST FULL

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During this workshop, attendees will explore how city bombings during World War II are commemorated today, by looking at family memories in contemporary Germany, and online eyewitness testimonies about the bombing of Rotterdam in 1940. The speakers will do this by presenting examples and engaging with the audience through discussion.

Attendees could prepare this session by browsing one or more relevant online interview collections:

The small interview collection about the Rotterdam bombing (in Dutch): http://navigator.brandgrens.nl/navigator/interviews.php. Here you find a portal to 10 video interviews with eye witnesses of the German bombardment on Rotterdam in May 1940.

An example with English subtitles is https://zwangsarbeit-archiv.de/archiv/interviews/za570?locale=en. This is an interview with Judith Altman, a forced labourer who was stationed in a camp in Gelsenkirchen while it was bombed. The interview stems from an German online interview collection – Archiv Zwangsarbeit 1939-1945 – containing about 600 interviews with former forced laborers from 26 countries. This collection is accessible to anyone, but registration is required.

Another relevant and freely accessible collection with English subtitles is http://www.bosnianmemories.org/?page_id=18, a portal to 99 interviews with eye witnesses of the Balkan war in Bosnia.

All three collections are keyword searchable. 


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Kees Ribbens

Professor of Popular historical culture and War, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Kees Ribbens is endowed professor of Popular historical culture and War at Erasmus University Rotterdam and senior researcher at NIOD Institute for War, Holocaust and Genocide Studies, Amsterdam. His is strongly interested in popular representations and remembrance of war and mass... Read More →

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Susan Hogervorst

Researcher, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Susan Hogervorst is a researcher at Erasmus University Rotterdam and an assistant professor in historical culture and history didactics at the Open University of the Netherlands. She has published on European memory cultures of concentrationcamp Ravensbrueck and public memory of the... Read More →
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Franciska de Jong

Chair of e-Research for the Social Sciences and the Humanities, Erasmus University Rotterdam
Franciska de Jong has a background in theoretical linguistics. She switched to the area of computational linguistics and human language technology in 1985, when she joined Philips Research to work on machine translation. At the Erasmus University Rotterdam she combines her work... Read More →
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Malte Thiessen

Assistant professor for European Contemporary History, University of Oldenburg
Malte Thiessen is Juniorprofessor (assistant professor) for European Contemporary History at the University of Oldenburg and Co-Editor of the Journal "Beiträge zur Geschichte des Nationalsozialismus". His research interests range across 19th and 20th century German and European history... Read More →

Tuesday May 17, 2016 13:00 - 13:45
2. Van Cappelen Zaal

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