Silenced memories. New release by the Kreisau-Initiative and the ENRS
Silenced Memories Lab. Women's history as a topic and oral history as a method. Transfer between International Youth Projects, Educational Practice and Research
We invited five authors, part academics and part practitioners working with the method of oral history. We asked them to share their thoughts on the term of “Silenced Memories’’ and to reflect on new challenges for research and education with historical witnesses. The presented essays shall serve as an inspiration for anybody who is dealing or wants to deal with the topic of “Silenced Memories’’ in future youth projects. Furthermore, they shall enrich the discussion on oral history as a method in academia as well as in the field of formal and non-formal youth education.
From Introduction by Annemarie Franke
This publication is addressed to persons who apply the oral history method in their professional life as a non-formal youth educator, a teacher or an academic at university. The editors' intention is to pave the way for a transfer of experiences between these groups. The four essays written by academics and educators serve as an impulse to discuss what we hear when we are talking to contemporary witnesses, what history we learn, and how to deal with gaps in the story. Two project presentations and an interview follow the contributions.
The title of the publication is an outcome of a joint project between the Kreisau-Initiative and the European Network Remembrance and Solidarity (Warsaw, Poland), and was funded by the Federal Government Commissioner for Cultural Affairs and the Media.