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Visual History of the Holocaust

Project: Visual History of the Holocaust: Rethinking Curation in the Digital Age

Project Funding: EU (Horizon 2020)
Project Term: 01.01.2019–31.12.2022

Project Consortium: Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for History and Society (AT), Coordinator; Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (FR); Deutsches Filminstitut (DE); The Hebrew University of Jerusalem (IL); Justus Liebig University Giessen (DE); Mauthausen Memorial (AT); max.recall information systems Gmbh (AT); Austrian Film Museum (AT); rtd services OG (AT); Stiftung Bayerische Gedenkstätten – Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site (DE); Stiftung niedersächsische Gedenkstätten – Bergen-Belsen Memorial (DE); TU Wien (AT); University of Bremen (DE)


The Holocaust is a central reference point for European history and a ‘negative founding myth’ of European integration. VHH is an innovation action that focuses on the digital curation and preservation of film records relating to the discovery of Nazi concentration camps and other atrocity sites. We combine state-of-the-art concepts and practices from information science, museum pedagogy and digital storytelling to design a new approach for the engagement with a significant aspect of European audio-visual heritage. While the majority of these film records are in the public domain as they were produced by Allied military personnel on government order, hardly any of them are available in digital formats fit for the purposes of technology enabled research, analysis, and curatorial re-use.

Building on the advanced digitisation of a relevant selection of these materials VHH will develop new methods in digital curation and apply sophisticated technologies to the analysis and time-based annotation of these historical materials. Filmic records will be dynamically linked with photographs, audio, and texts in order to discover and unlock layers of context and meaning inaccessible through traditional linear narrative modes of dissemination.