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Filmmaker to post archive of Holocaust survivor interviews online

The Local · 23 Sep 2010, 11:21

Published: 23 Sep 2010 11:21 GMT+02:00

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Walz won the prestigious Adolf Grimme Award in 2006 for excellence in television with her documentary Die Frauen von Ravensbrück, or “The Women of Ravensbrück,” for which she interviewed some 200 survivors beginning in 1980.

Now some 120 hours out of more than 1,000 will be available on her website, complete with interview transcripts and survivor biographies.

The project was funded by the Brandenburg state Education Ministry and the Großes Waisenhaus zu Potsdam foundation, which focuses on youth education.

Brandenburg Education Minister Martina Münch will be on hand at Friday’s ceremony to launch the new archive in Potsdam.

Walz and her supporters plan to eventually make all 200 interviews, which include the testimonies of female Holocaust survivors from 23 European countries, available online for educational and research use.

Tens of thousands of people were killed by Nazis at the notorious Ravensbrück concentration camp in northern Brandenburg during the Third Reich. The camp was initially set up to house women only, but later included children and a small camp for men.

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12:23 September 23, 2010 by William Thirteen
excellent work by the filmmaker and those involved.
13:06 September 23, 2010 by kathiiiii
This is a fantastic project, and a superb idea to publish the material online. It will achieve much more response by a bigger audience.
04:55 September 25, 2010 by krbenecke
Where can I find the material? I keep clicking on what I believe to be Ms. Walz's website, but it won't allow me access. I do not speak nor read German, so I was hoping to find it in English.
23:10 September 25, 2010 by kathleenicus
@krbenecke Click on 'Projekt' and a new window will pop up. You will see the English version right away.
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