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Germany Puts Its National Memory Online

Can you put a nation’s memory online? Well, the Germans think you can. Historians in collaboration with the German government, public media institutions, Youtube, and Google have created a project called “Das Gedächtnis der Nation” [The Memory of the Nation]. Witnesses of the last 100 years of German history tell their stories in an ever growing video archive on that website.

Aware that the internet is a two-way channel, the organizers have also created a youtube portal where everyone can submit an entry. The entry will be reviewed before publication. I think that this is a great idea to broaden the notion of what German history (and identity) really is, since anyone anywhere in the world can record a witness–an emigrant, or a GI who has been stationed in Germany for a long time–and can submit it.

I see great potential for this in some of our German classes and also for the German trip!

Here is the welcome video by the German president:

Here is the invitation video to submit your projects:


About GG

Gundolf Graml is Associate Prof. and Dir. of German Studies at Agnes Scott College. He has a Ph.D. in German Studies from the University of Minnesota and has published articles on German and Austrian film and tourism. He is currently writing a book about tourism and Austrian national identity after 1945. Other research projects include critical whiteness studies and, most recently, investigations into the connection between memory and nature. At ASC, Gundolf Graml teaches courses on a broad range of topics, from German 101 to German and Austrian Cinema and Afro-German History and Culture.


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