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How to write an article for “Terra Oblita – Open Memory Map”

We will guide you step by step through the process of preparing an article for the online platform "Terra Oblita - Open Memory Map".

To find out if "Terra Oblita" is the right platform for your planned contribution, please answer the following question first.

Are there any sites of memory (i.e. monument/memorial plaque, cemetery, memorial complex, etc.) in your neighbourhood, which preserve the memory of the forgotten victims of National Socialism?

By "forgotten victims of National Socialism" we understand all those people, who have little or no place in public memory (please see the relevant text on the “Terra Oblita” website). They might be:

  • Soviet prisoners of war,
  • Patients in psychiatric hospitals,
  • Roma
  • The Jewish population of the Wehrmacht-occupied territories,
  • The civilian population of the Wehrmacht-occupied territories.

If so, you are welcome to offer your article for the “Terra Oblita” platform.

Add new site

Name of the place

Address or approximate location

Change location
Which place would you like to add?
cemetery
monument, memorial plaque
memorial complex
exhibition
public initiatives and actors
unknown place
Which groups of victims this site commemorates?
soviet prisoners of war
patients in psychiatric hospitals
roma
jewish population
civilians
others

History

You might want to answer the following questions:

Victims of which group(s) are buried here?
If the cemetery is in former zone of Wehrmacht occupation: When did the Wehrmacht occupy the territory? When was it liberated and by whom?
When did the burials take place?
Is the number of persons killed, arrested or deported known?
Who specifically were involved (e.g., SS paramilitaries, police, Wehrmacht units, local collaborators) in those events?

Information about the site of memory

These questions might help you:

Where is the cemetery? In the middle of a settlement or rather on the outskirts?
What kind of cemetery is it (e.g. Orthodox, Evangelical etc.)?
When was the cemetery founded?
Is the cemetery divided into parts?
Has the cemetery changed since its foundation, particularly after the burial of victims of National Socialism? (e.g. enlargement, installation of an explanatory plaque or monument)? If so, describe the changes.
Do ceremonies of commemoration take place annually or monthly near the cemetery? If so, describe the ceremony as accurately as possible. (In what cases and when the ceremony takes place? Who initiates and conducts it? Who usually participates in it?)
How is the cemetery perceived by the residents of the settlement (for example, do they take care of it? Does somebody lay flowers there? Have there been acts of vandalism?)
Are there, or have there been, any discrepancies in how to preserve the memory of this event?

Visit

You might want to answer the following questions:

What is the exact address of the cemetery?
What are the opening hours?
Are there tours offered? If so, in which languages?

Public initiatives and actors

You might want to answer the following questions:

Who founded the cemetery?
Who takes care of the graves of victims of National Socialism?
If a non-governmental initiative or a public activist are responsible for the cemetery, we kindly ask you to describe in detail this association/civil initiative/individual.
Is it possible to volunteer/offer help to a place? If so, how?

Sources, relevant literature, websites

Feedback and Comments

Name of the place

Address or approximate location

Change location
Which place would you like to add?
cemetery
monument, memorial plaque
memorial complex
exhibition
public initiatives and actors
unknown place
Which groups of victims this site commemorates?
soviet prisoners of war
patients in psychiatric hospitals
roma
jewish population
civilians
others

History

You might want to answer the following questions:

Which group of victims is the monument or plaque dedicated to?
In case the monument/memorial plaque used to be occupied by the German military: When did the Wehrmacht occupy a settlement? When was the settlement liberated and by whom?
When did this event happen?
Is the number of persons killed, arrested or deported known?
Who specifically were involved (e.g., SS paramilitaries, police, Wehrmacht units, local collaborators) in those events?

Information about the site of memory

These questions might help you:

What elements constitute the object (e.g. sculpture, pedestal, information board)?
What is the size / width / length of the object?
What materials is it made of?
What colour is it?
What do the surroundings of the monument/memorial board look like?
When was the monument / plaque installed?
Has the monument / plaque changed after being installed (for example, the shape of the monument / plaque, changes of the site area, placement of an explanatory text, etc.)? If so, describe the changes.
Do ceremonies of commemoration take place annually near the monument / plaque? If so, describe the ceremony as accurately as possible. (In what cases and when the ceremony takes place? Who initiates and conducts it? Who usually participates in it?)
How is the monument / plaque perceived by the residents of the settlement (for example, do they take care of it? Does somebody lay flowers there? Have there been acts of vandalism?)
Are there, or have there been, any discrepancies in how to preserve the memory of this event?

Visit

You might want to answer the following questions:

What is the exact address of the monument/memorial plaque?
Which wall of the house has a plaque attached to it (e.g. from the street, garden, front door, entrance to the courtyard)?
Is the monument open to visitors? If not, why not?
If the memorial/tablet is in the park/yard of the museum, what are the opening hours?
Are there tours offered? If so, in which languages?

Public initiatives and actors

You might want to answer the following questions:

Who built the monument or installed a plaque?
Who funded its construction or installation?
Who takes care of the monument / plaque?
If a non-governmental initiative or a public activist are responsible for the monument/memorial plaque, we kindly ask you to describe in detail this association/civil initiative/individual.

Sources, relevant literature, websites

Feedback and Comments

Name of the place

Address or approximate location

Change location
Which place would you like to add?
cemetery
monument, memorial plaque
memorial complex
exhibition
public initiatives and actors
unknown place
Which groups of victims this site commemorates?
soviet prisoners of war
patients in psychiatric hospitals
roma
jewish population
civilians
others

History

You might want to answer the following questions:

Which group of victims is the memorial complex dedicated to?
In case the monument/memorial plaque used to be occupied by the German military: When did the Wehrmacht occupy a settlement? When was the settlement liberated and by whom?
When did this event happen?
Is the number of persons killed, arrested or deported known?
Who specifically were involved (e.g., SS paramilitaries, police, Wehrmacht units, local collaborators) in those events?

Information about the site of memory

These questions might help you:

Where is the memorial? In the middle of a settlement or rather on the outskirts?
When was the memorial complex founded?
What elements constitute the memorial complex (e.g. former camp barracks, exhibition hall)?
Have the original buildings and/or other authentic objects remained there?
Has the memorial complex changed after being founded (for example, changes of the site area, opening of a new exhibition or center for visitors, etc.)? If so, describe the changes.
Do ceremonies of commemoration take place annually or monthly near the memorial complex? If so, describe the ceremony as accurately as possible. (In what cases and when the ceremony takes place? Who initiates and conducts it? Who usually participates in it?)
How is the monument / plaque perceived by the residents of the settlement (you can find this information in the guestbook of the memorial)?
Are there or have there been any discrepancies in how to preserve the memory of this event?

Visit

You might want to answer the following questions:

What is the exact address of the memorial complex?
What are the opening hours?
Are there tours offered? If so, in which languages?

Public initiatives and actors

You might want to answer the following questions:

Who founded the memorial complex?
Who funded its construction?
Who is responsible for the memorial complex?
If a non-governmental initiative or a public activist are responsible for the memorial complex, we kindly ask you to describe in detail this association/civil initiative/individual.
Is it possible to volunteer/offer help to a place? If so, how?

Sources, relevant literature, websites

Feedback and Comments

Name of the place

Address or approximate location

Change location
Which place would you like to add?
cemetery
monument, memorial plaque
memorial complex
exhibition
public initiatives and actors
unknown place
Which groups of victims this site commemorates?
soviet prisoners of war
patients in psychiatric hospitals
roma
jewish population
civilians
others

History

You might want to answer the following questions:

Which group of victims is the exhibition dedicated to?
In case the exhibition is in a place, which used to be occupied by the German military: When did the Wehrmacht occupy a settlement? When was the settlement liberated and by whom?
When did this event happen?
Is the number of persons killed, arrested or deported known?
Who specifically were involved (e.g., SS paramilitaries, police, Wehrmacht units, local collaborators) in those events?

Exhibition information

These questions might help you:

In which institution this exposition is situated (e.g. school, museum)?
What the exhibits and objects that constitute the exposition (photographs or extractions from the newspapers?)
Is this exhibition a separate exposition, or it belongs to a bigger, overarching exposition?
When was it opened?
Were there any changes since the opening? Please describe what have changed.
What it the language of the exhibition?
What was the reaction of the locals to the exhibition? (the information on that can be found in the guest book, for example).
Are there (or were there) any disagreements about this method of commemoration?

Visit

You might want to answer the following questions:

What is the exact address of the exhibition?
What are the opening hours?
Are there tours offered? If so, in which languages?

Public initiatives and actors

You might want to answer the following questions:

Who set up the exhibition?
Who funded its creation?
Who is responsible for the exhibition?
If a non-governmental initiative or a public activist are responsible for the exhibition, we kindly ask you to describe in detail this association/civil initiative/individual.
Is it possible to volunteer/offer help to a place? If so, how?

Sources, relevant literature, websites

Feedback and Comments

Name of the place

Address or approximate location

Change location
Which place would you like to add?
cemetery
monument, memorial plaque
memorial complex
exhibition
public initiatives and actors
unknown place
Which groups of victims this site commemorates?
soviet prisoners of war
patients in psychiatric hospitals
roma
jewish population
civilians
others

History

You might want to answer the following questions:

When was the establishment/association/civil initiative founded?
Describe the reason for this.
How has the institution/association/initiative evolved over time?

Information about the actors

These questions might help you:

How big is the civil initiative/unite/institute?
What are the facilities or resources available for their work? (financial support, social media, buildings?)
What are the goals of the actors in terms of memory politics and culture of memory?
What are the places they take care of?
How do locals react on those activities (try to find reactions in local media).

Contact to actors

You might want to answer the following questions:

What's the exact address of the office?
Is it possible to contact/visit them?
If so, what are the opening hours of the institution/association/civil initiative?

Sources, relevant literature, websites

Feedback and Comments

Name of the place

Address or approximate location

Change location
Which place would you like to add?
cemetery
monument, memorial plaque
memorial complex
exhibition
public initiatives and actors
unknown place
Which groups of victims this site commemorates?
soviet prisoners of war
patients in psychiatric hospitals
roma
jewish population
civilians
others

History

You might want to answer the following questions:

Which group of victims suffered in this crime?
In case the monument/memorial plaque used to be occupied by the German military: When did the Wehrmacht occupy the settlement? When was the settlement liberated and by whom?
When did these events happen?
Is the number of persons killed, arrested or deported known?
Who specifically were involved (e.g., SS paramilitaries, police, Wehrmacht units, local collaborators) in those events?

Information about the place of a crime of National Socialism.

These questions might help you:

What is the approximate size of the place (e.g. is it a football field)?
How it is used today (agriculture or military purposes)?
Are there any buildings on the site? If so, describe them.
How was the former site of the crime after the Second World War used until today?
Are there any signs of what has happened?
What is the role of this place for the locals?

Visit

You might want to answer the following questions:

What is the exact address or the coordinates of the place?
Is it open to visitors? If not, why?
Are there tours offered? If so, in which languages?

Public initiatives and actors

Sources, relevant literature, websites

Feedback and Comments

Thank you very much for your contribution!

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