Launch ceremony of the digitised Ravensbrück archive
Witnessing genocide – experiences of Nazi concentration camps
Ravensbrück, located just north of Berlin, was a concentration camp during World War II to which 130,000 people, mainly women and children, were taken and imprisoned. In 1945, only between 15,000 and 30,000 survivors remained. Their experiences and suffering are documented for posterity in a unique archive at the University Library in Lund. The archive includes more than 500 handwritten in-depth interviews with Polish survivors from Ravensbrück, recorded immediately after the liberation. Many of the interviewees had been detained in several camps during the war, which means that the interviews also depict the conditions in Auschwitz, Bergen-Belsen, Sachsenhausen and Stutthof. In addition to the interviews, the archive also contains a number of other documents and personal artefacts that the survivors brought to Sweden: notebooks, diaries, letters, poems, photographs and drawings, as well as Nazi documents including lists of names of people transported to and executed in the camps.
Through generous donations from both individuals and foundations and the collaboration of the US based Lund University Foundation, the University Library in Lund has been able to digitise and translate large sections of the archive into English. In the autumn of 2017, the documents will be freely available to survivor families, researchers and the general public through a web portal, which will be officially opened on 20 October 2017. The event, which is part of Lund University’s 350th anniversary celebration, calls attention to a research resource of major international importance, with invited guests and speakers, viewing of original documents and a presentation of the web portal. Read more about the archive here: http://www.ub.lu.se/en/about-us/projects/witnessing-genocide
Programme, Friday 20 October 2017, University Main Building, Paradisgatan 2, Lund
14:00 – 15:00 Second floor, room U206. Exhibit of archival material.
15:00–16:30 Launch ceremony, among other presentations, the ceremony will include:
- An opening speech by EU MP Anna Maria Corazza Bildt
- A panel discussion including journalist and author Sarah Helm and Professor Klas-Göran Karlsson, moderated by Willy Silberstein, journalist and former President of The Swedish Committee Against Antisemitism.
No registration is required, however the number of seats is limited.
Please note that the entire event is held in English.
For further information, please contact Daniel Parknäs Örnfelt, email: daniel.parknas_ornfelt [at] fsi.lu.se,
phone: +46 (0)46-222 79 05