BoW Title: Forced labour
Institution: Berlin History Workshop
Designer: Melting Media
Category: Mobile

Berlin was the center of Forced Labor: From 1938 till 1945 half a million forced laborers – men, women and children – had to work in Berlin factories, offices and households, more than in any other European city. Segregated from the “Volksgemeinschaft”, they lived in over 3000 camps at the doorstep of Berlin’s population. In interviews and letters they talk about work, hunger, violence and bombings, but also about love and friendships.

Now the memories of those involuntary Berliners come alive – on the spot, with the smartphone at hand. A multimedia testimony app enables tourists and locals to explore traces of the forced laborers. With the help of interview excerpts, photos and maps, the user follows their everyday paths through the city. Tourists, students and interested natives can download the app on their smartphone and discover places not highlighted in guide books. At well-known spots, a forgotten history can be investigated.