To walk through Berlin is to walk on historical ground. Few other places in the world hide so many distinct layers of history beneath the surface. Many traces of the past have faded over the years, however, to such a degree that even the historically inclined pass them by completely oblivious.
berlinHistory’s goal is not only to allow the hidden past to be seen and experienced, but also to preserve it for future generations. Towards this end we have created a digital platform for all cultural institutions, museums, archives, private initiatives, local historians, and individuals. Various types of historical documents – whether photos, texts, videos, audio recordings, historical postcards, eyewitness accounts, before-and-after images, or guided tours – can be uploaded to the interface and made available to the public.
Interactive before-and-after pictures are a powerful tool for making layers of history visible and palpable.
The berlinHistory app will contain a camera module that will allow users to find the precise locations of historical photos, create exact before-and-after photos, and upload them to the berlinHistory platform.
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In the Timeline view, images of different epochs can be faded into each other. We will also provide tools for easily creating timelines.
Our conversations with representatives of Berlin’s cultural institutions encouraged us to publish the app as soon as possible ahead of forthcoming cultural events and anniversaries:
20 July 2019 – 75th anniversary of the attempted assassination of Hitler
On the 75th anniversary of the attempted coup against Hitler, we want to commemorate resistance to the Nazi regime together with the Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand. For this occasion we plan to match up stories of resistance in Berlin to the locations where they occurred.
Late 2019: Opening of the Humboldt Forum
The Humboldt Forum’s exhibit “Berlin and the World” will employ a participatory approach, and lead curator Paul Spies has demonstrated significant interest in collaborating with berlinHistory.
9 November 2019 – 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall
On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the wall, berlinHistory wishes to work alongside the Berlin Wall Foundation and the Robert Havemann Society in playing a key role in the commemoration of this historic moment.
2020 – 100 Years of Greater Berlin
The history of Berlin’s districts and neighborhoods will be at the forefront of the thematic year 2020. In association with Kulturprojekte Berlin, we plan to work on a project that allows users to experience Berlin’s development into a metropolis and to permanently host it on the berlinHistory platform
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