Volksbund Deutsche Kriegsgräberfürsorge

They can be found in almost every town or community: so-called cenotaphs or war memorials. They usually show the names of local soldiers who have died in various wars. Only rarely do local chronicles, for example, provide further information about the fate of these people. However, the Volksbund war graves database "Gräbersuche online" often provides more details such as how old the soldiers were when they died, and where they died. The project outline explains how schools can develop a project based on the memorials and the database.

Handout Projektmöglichkeiten auf Kriegsgräberstätten (in German).

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The Volksbund German war graves commission believes that four decades after the end of the Second World War, national and international war cemeteries are more than just places of mourning and remembrance. They show students the consequences of the wars and dictatorships that governed the first half of the 20th century. The graves of men and women, soldiers and civilians, and people of all nationalities inspire questions which allow the subject to be approached on a different, tangible and regional history related level.

Using the Schlüchtern war cemetery as an example, this handout designed by the Hessen regional branch explains the various options for establishing a project group and focusing on a particular war graves site in order to learn in a research based way.

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In 2014, more than 25 museums and institutions in the Upper Rhine region will be holding exhibitions on the First World War. The joint series of exhibitions organised by a tri-national museum network will be looking at the Great War from a variety of regional and thematic perspectives. Particularly interesting: visitors can attend exhibitions on the First World War in Alsace in France, Northwestern Switzerland, and Baden-Württemberg and the Palatinate in Germany to in order to explore different perspectives.

Please go directly to the bilingual (French/German) Netzwerk Museum-Réseau Musées  website for further information.

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The European Film Gateway 1914 project (EFG1914) involves twenty European film archives and cinematheques that will digitalise around 650 hours of visual material which will then be available on the internet. The project focuses on the years around 1910, and particularly on the period of the First World War, 1914-1918. Archives from countries such as France, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Serbia, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands are involved. The visual media section of the Imperial War Museum in London represents the largest collection of visual material from the First World War held by an institution. The museum is involved in this project. 

See the films here

See the photographs and films listed according to category here

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Knitting and death during the First World War

Karin Bienek of the magic lantern company Illuminago and the Frankfurt based actor Cornelia Niemann will be showing a piece of everyday patriotic middle-class life.

They will project photographs from the 1914-1918 era onto a screen using a historic magic lantern. Victorious campaigns become visual life experiences, there are realistic images of theatres of war and of life at the front; there are even exercise instructions get young men fit for military service. Germany's glorious past is also brought to life through drawn projection images, all in black and white. Colourful pictures for toy magic lanterns allowed the patriotic spirit to invade middle-class nurseries. For added entertainment, this nationalistic edification is given a slightly less intense touch by chromathrope slides with humorous hand-painted moving pictures, bright colours and intricate drawings.

For one of the series of projections, the original lecture accompanying it has survived. Patriotic texts from authors such as Ludwig Ganghofer and Thomas Mann will also be quoted.

And there will be readings: from classic works of German children's literature such as Else Uhry's 'Nesthäkchen and the World War', or from 'Heia Safari' by General von Lettow-Vorbeck – however also from some not quite as patriotic works by Karl Kraus, Rosa Luxemburg and Siegfried Kracauer.

Please see the above linked PDF for further information and contact details.

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