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Contact with contemporary witnesses is very important to the work of the memorial. The experiences of everyone who saw the Berlin Wall go up and who suffered from the division make the history vivid and easier to understand. The memorial collects the recollections of people who were affected by this history. Their memories are preserved in the oral history archive and made accessible to the public.

The stories are passed on in different ways:

  • Through commemorative events
  • Through exhibition and educational work
  • Through events and publications

Contemporary witnesses play an important role in conveying this history to others, but they will not always be available to convey their experiences personally. That is why collecting and securing their reports as a contemporary historical document is such an important part of the memorial’s work.



Dr. Sarah Bornhorst
Oral history and biographical research
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