Testimonies: Accessing Campscapes Interviews Catalogue

Robert van der Laarse (Producer), Cord Pagenstecher, Zuzanna Dziuban, Niels Pohr

Research output: Online publication or Non-textual formOnline publication or WebsiteAcademic


Campscapes Testimonies:
This catalogue of audio- and video-recorded interviews assists researchers, memorial museums, educators and visitors in tracing interviews with survivors of the Nazi camps Westerbork (Netherlands), Treblinka (Poland), Falstad (Norway), Jasenovac (Croatia), Bergen-Belsen (Germany) and Lety (Czech Republic) as well as the Stalinist camp Jáchymov (Czech Republic).

An Interview Catalogue:
Audio- and video-recorded interviews constitute a major source for historical research of Nazi and Socialist camps and their cultures of remembrance. For museums and memorials, the production, collection and display of audiovisual testimonies are an important element in constructing narratives about the past and creating visitor experiences on-site and online. Dispersed over many different collections, they are often difficult to find.

This testimony catalogue contains information about interviews with survivors and witnesses of several camps operational both during and after the Second Word War in Europe:

Westerbork (Netherlands)

Treblinka (Poland)

Falstad (Norway)

Jasenovac (Croatia)

Bergen-Belsen (Germany)

Lety (Czech Republic)

Jachymov (Czech Republic)

Using filters for different camps, languages, groups of interviewees, and collections, you can search through metadata of over 7700 audio and video interviews assembled at 23 institutions worldwide: museums, oral history archives, historical collections. The interviews themselves can be found at these institutions online or offline.

This cross-collection database of audio and video testimonies points to prominent as well as forgotten narratives, widens research perspectives, and supports comparative studies, it aims at fostering inclusive access to the campscapes and their contested memories.

The catalogue was compiled between 2017 and 2019 as part of the “Accessing Campscapes” project by Verena Buser, Zuzanna Dziuban, Cord Pagenstecher and Niels Pohl, with support from Boris Behnen and Šárka Jarská, using software developed by Rico Simke and Christian Gregor. It is a temporary snapshot, limited to the camps which were studied in the project and is by no means complete. Interviews are still being curated in many places around the world and so the future goal is to create a larger, living catalogue by continuously harvesting online testimony collections.

More information about the project is available at http://www.campscapes.org

Campscapes Testimonies

Created by Freie Universität Berlin within the HERA-funded project Accessing Campscapes. Inclusive Strategies for Using European Conflicted Heritage

This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 649307
Original languageEnglish
PublisherHERA iC-ACCESS - campscapes.org
Media of outputOnline
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020


  • holocaust memory
  • Campscapes
  • Terrorscapes
  • Horizon 2020
  • HERA project iC-ACCESS
  • Accessing Campscapes
  • Testimonies
  • Holocaust memory
  • Holocaust survivors
  • Witness testimony
  • perpetratorhood
  • Interview Collections
  • interviews
  • oral history


Dive into the research topics of 'Testimonies: Accessing Campscapes Interviews Catalogue'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this