For the sixth time, Freie Universität Berlin is holding a summer school for junior researchers from abroad to introduce them to its oral history archives devoted to National Socialism. This year, from August 17 to 23, participants will be given an introduction to the academic analysis of oral history sources using the Nazi forced labor archive as a starting point. Participation in the summer school is free, and applications are being accepted through June 30, 2014. Oral history is a field of historical science in which statements by eyewitnesses are collected and evaluated. The summer school is supported by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and aimed at individuals who spent time at a German university in the past, be it as an exchange student or researcher for one or several semesters, and who have an interest in oral history and the history of National Socialism.
This year's summer school is dedicated to the memory of Nazi forced labor. Lectures by several researchers will examine the historical topic of the Nazi forced labor system and deal with methods of oral history as well as provide insight into European memorial cultures. The program includes field trips to Berlin memorial sites. A crucial part of the summer school will be group projects where participants will work very closely with biographical testimonies.
The program is free of charge for the participants. Freie Universität Berlin will cover room and board and will subsidize travel costs. Please note, the workshop language will be German. To attend, a high level of written and spoken German is required.
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