Female Perspectives on Police Brutality and Forced Labour in World War II
Description: In our 2nd Online Work- and Studycamp with Augustaschacht Memorial near Osnabrück/Germany, volunteers have the opportunity to make visible the stories of the often forgotten millions of forced labourers and the hundreds of thousands of prisoners of Labour Education Camps during WW II. This time, volunteers will deal with female perspectives on forced labour and Nazi history and their causes and consequences. By working with a selected biography, the volunteers will contribute to historical-biographical work for educational purposes. They will take part in virtual tours at historical sites, learn about interviewing, transcription and analysis techniques, and have the opportunity to interact with other international volunteers online and to exchange different historical perspectives.
Type of Work: The volunteers work together online to prepare the story of a female forced labourer in the Osnabrück region. They each write text fragments of a biographical interview with a former female forced labourer, help with translations where possible, put the fragments together, put them in relation with historical context which they researched, and thus jointly trace the biography of this person in order to preserve it for the future. The joint project of the volunteers will be included in the memorial's exhibition and thus serve further documentary and educational purposes.
Study Theme: Until the end of WWII, over 30.000 forced labourers worked in the Osnabrück region and had to live in more than 500 forced labour camps. More than one third was from Ukraine, Belarus and Russia. They were monitored by the Gestapo. On multiple occasions, forced labourers were sent to labour education camps where they were forced to work under worst conditions and systematically poor care. Many lost their lives in Gestapo custody. Their punishment served as a deterrent for other forced labourers. Further research is to be done on the fate of female forced labourers in the Osnabrück region.
Accommodation: Stay at home safely, connect to the world and contribute to a meaningful task with your volunteer work online!
Language: Good written & spoken English skills; knowledge of Ukrainian or Russian for transcription work is an advantage, but not a precondition.
Requirements: - Equipment with tablet/computer and/or smartphone, and stable internet connection;
- Willingness to work several hours a day on the PC for two weeks and to participate in online meetings every week day and on one Saturday (27.02.2021);
- Knowledge of the usual office software is also necessary;
- Experience with transcription software is highly appreciated.
Approximate Location: We meet online on Zoom and will use different other online tools for our group work. Also, we might set up a telegram group if all volunteers agree.
Please make sure you have a stable internet connection for the whole duration of the project. Make sure you will be with the project from beginning until the end!
The volunteers meet in virtual spaces on a regular daily basis, between 11.30am and 1.30pm (UTC+1) each weekday and on and Sat 27. February - find you local meeting times at https://www.timeanddate.com/time/map/
Notes: A Online Work- and Studycamp puts emphasis on community and a strong cohesiveness of the group in addition to joint volunteer work and historical learning.
Please bring sensitivity for the memorial theme and interest in historical different historical perspectives and cultures of remembrance as well as an understanding of today's challenges.
Please make sure that you’ll be able to participate for the whole duration of the project!