Archiv “Deutsches Gedächtnis”


“German Memory” is an online archive, co-created by the Institute for History and Biography of the FernUniversität in Hagen and the Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS) at the Free University of Berlin. The Ministry for Innovation, Science and Research of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia funded its development as part of the “Infrastructural funding for the GGW in NRW” programme.

Making up its collection are life history interviews, autobiographies, diaries, and letters, produced by a wide variety of people, which are archived in relation to the most significant sociopolitical events in Germany’s history. They come both from within Germany and from abroad – thus, while most documents are in German, a fifth of their interview materials is in a foreign language.

The online archive provides access to a selection of contemporary witness interviews from the “Deutsches Gedächtnis” archive. These have been carried out since the early 1980s, as part of research projects by the institute and its predecessors. New, on-going projects allow for the collection to be constantly expanding. The archive also holds biographical interviews carried out by third parties in different disciplines, offered for further scientific use. In addition to interviews, written documents like autobiographies, family chronicles, diaries and letters also form part of the collection, and can be found here.


Telephone: +49 2331 987 4008
Address: FernUniversität Institute for History and Biography Archive “German Memory”. Feithstr. 152. 58097 Hagen, Germany.

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