|| Documented interviews about experience of persecution
under the Nazi regime in Hamburg
Over 1000 interviews with contemporary historical witnesses
The Workshop of Remembrance (Werkstatt der Erinnerung) is an
oral history archive based at the Institute
for Contemporary History in Hamburg. The archive mainly holds
interviews with members of social, religious or ethnic groups in
Hamburg that were persecuted by the Nazi regime.
However, we also have interviews related to the Weimar Republic
and, increasingly, on more recent themes in the history of Hamburg,
extending into the 1970s. Our collection currently contains over
1,000 interviews and continues to grow.
The archive is open to students, academic researchers, journalists,
museum employees and any other individuals or groups who are engaged
in historical research and are interested in using original statements
by contemporary witnesses. We also welcome those who have conducted
historical interviews and would like to make these available through
our archive for research purposes.
As an oral history archive we believe in expanding our collection
by accepting interviews from external oral history projects. We
also offer advice and supervision for external projects, including
assistance in questions of interview conduct, archiving and project
If you are interested in visiting the Werkstatt der Erinnerung,
simply contact us by phone or e-mail
to arrange an appointment.
Since most of our interviews are conducted and recorded
in German, research in the archive requires a good knowledge of
German. Nevertheless, we are always happy to receive and deal with
enquiries in English.
Dr. Linde Apel
Tel: 040 – 43 13 97 26
Tel.: 040 – 43 13 97 24