An archive in Germany collects love letters over the century until today – a citizen science approach
The archive is being digitised, indexed and made accessible in cooperation with the Technical University of Darmstadt. The archive records are stored at the Koblenz-Landau University Library (Koblenz Campus).
The archive shows Love letters how private writing changes over time. Love letter exists in wide circles of society; one gains an insight into the writing norms not only of individuals but also of milieus, age groups and genders. So it is not surprising that the love letter is differentiated along with the popular writing media from the little note to the love letter, from the telegram to the postcard, from the e-mail to the WhatsApp chat. The question is to what extent the functions of writing are being explored anew.
From our seminar Biographies of Luxembourgish male and female conscripts in the Wehrmacht and Reichsarbeitsdienst Research Seminar on studying personal experiences in Luxembourg during the Second World War in the B.A. program “Cultures Européennes – Histoire” at the University of Luxembourg, 20 students researched and discovered the Biographies of conscripts and their war experiences during the WWII in Luxembourg
In the first lectures, the students earned an overview of the topic and the research literature. In the next steps, the students had to analyse and understand the concept of a biography and the contextualization of the story of the individuals. With Knightlab, an open community of designers, developers, students, and educators at Northwestern University, to share information and digital storytelling projects, the students used a “timeline” for the biographies.
Here is one example for the timeline of a conscript:
The Museum of American war letters is a virtual exhibition launched by Andrew Carroll, the Center for American War Letters – together with Chapman University (Orange, California). The site intends to exhibit correspondences from the American Revolution up to the present.
An interactive map offers information about Luxemburgish History of WWII
The website “Der Generalstreik von 1942 in Luxemburg – Dimensionen des nationalsozialistischen Terrors am Beispiel des Standgerichts” (The general strike of 1942 in Luxembourg – dimensions of National Socialist terror using the example of the court material) tells the story of the eneral strike followed by the announcement of the cumpolsory military service for young Luxermbourgers in the Wehrmacht. Continue reading Story Mapping in Luxembourgish History→
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