Forced Labour 1939-1945. Memory and History

forced labour

The online archive "Forced Labor 1939-1945" commemorates the more than twenty million people who were forced to work for Nazi Germany. The archive contains 590 life story interviews with former prisoners of concentration camps, prisoners of war and 'civilian' forced laborers. In addition to the audio and video interviews, the collection contains transcripts, photos, documents and additional accompanying materials. On the project website you can find background information on forced labor, the collection, the project and educational material. In 2016, the German version of online application "Learning with Interviews" went online, which takes the interviews to the classrooms.



Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”
Freie Universität Berlin
German Historical Museum (DHM)

Project Team

Project director: Prof. Nicolas Apostolopoulos
Project management: Dr. Doris Tausendfreund
Scientific work, development of educational offers: Dr. Cord Pagenstecher, Dorothe Wein
Development online archive and learning environment: Rico Simke
Public relations and project organisation: Peter Kompiel


Foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future”