Idea & Methods
The idea behind erinnerungsort.de and what other people might get out of it
The idea of making cultural historical materials available on the
internet came to me as I was working on the oral history project I have
been carrying out since early 2004 as part of my doctoral thesis
"The singing heart of the working class"
The art and propaganda of Ernst Busch (1900-1980)
A political and cultural historical biography
Interviews with various experts and with Busch's contemporaries and are
at least as important in my work as archival documents. You will notice
that some of the interviews to be found on this site date from before I
actually started the oral history project. This is because I have been
studying the left wing legend Ernst Busch in a journalistic capacity
since January 2000, and in an academic capacity since 2001.
Published on the site are selected interviews conducted over the past
five years. For me, the site represents a way of creating transparency
in the academic writing process, and equally a way of avoiding having
these texts gather dust in some forgotten printed annex to my thesis.
The internet seems like as good a place as any for them – at least it
offers the potential for other people to be able to profit from the
material. erinnerungsort.de is not intended to be a substitute
for an academic study in the form of a book, just a useful supplement
to the book.
My biographical study of Ernst Busch, when it is written, will not be
about the artist exclusively, but also focus, from a
generational-historic perspective, on the many people who were
interested in what he had to say. My interviews with Busch's
contemporaries show that three separate generations of the German left
were influenced by the revolutionary songs of the "red Orpheus", as
Busch was often referred to. This website gives a voice to all three
political generations of Busch fans and followers.
In summary, I would like erinnerungsort.de
to be more than a digital
annex to an academic biography of an artist. Although most of the
questions asked in the interviews published here do focus on Ernst
Busch, the discussions that took place also shed light on many
interesting cultural historic aspects of the times. To make for easier
orientation, I therefore list at the beginning of each text the most
important topics which arise in that particular interview.
My long term aim is to build erinnerungsort.de
up into a larger
platform providing a window onto all kinds of different research
projects on the cultural history of the 20th century.
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