Public history strives to question history in the making and to cast additional light on the present. What can we learn from those who break the law to help fugitives in an act of civic engagement?
A 1998 controversy about World War 2 led Switzerland to the creation of a unique oral history project called Archimob. Founded before widespread digitalization, the question is: What is left of it?
...to understand the past differently: These are some of the forces of fiction. It also reminds us that reality never speaks for itself; the narrative choices and the language used are not neutral.
Students do not simply develop an adequate understanding of "critical thinking" "in a natural way", neither if they are taught history or another subject.
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In public debates the input of historians seems to play a subordinate role. Instead, the contemporary witnesses are more important, because they are those who can talk about "what it was really like".