#LastSeen. Pictures of Nazi Deportations is an initiative of the Arolsen Archives and the following partners:
The House of the Wannsee Conference Memorial and Educational Site was opened in Berlin in 1992 at the historic location of the meeting held on January 20, 1942. It serves to commemorate that meeting and the consequences it had for Europe’s Jews. As well as the permanent exhibition redesigned in 2020 and the Joseph Wulf Library, the Memorial and Educational Site also offers a wide range of educational programs. The organization designs and runs seminars on historical topics related to Nazism and the Shoah and on contemporary issues connected with political and civic education. In addition to the permanent exhibition and a number of online exhibitions, the House of the Wannsee Conference Memorial and Educational Site regularly curates special exhibitions in Germany and abroad.
The Institute for Municipal History and Remembrance in the City of Munich’s Department of Culture took up its work on January 1, 2022. The new institute wants to take a contemporary and critical look at the history of the city from the early 20th century on and aims to increase the visibility of this part of the city’s past. The Institute works with Munich’s civil society to promote and shape lively engagement with the city’s history and with contemporary remembrance work. The Institute involves a wide range of other organizations in developing citywide programs and events on topics relevant to municipal history. This approach has resulted in the creation of interdisciplinary, multi-perspective history and culture programs based on subsidiarity and dialog, which combine historical retrospection with exploration of social issues that affect us today.
Founded in 1982, the Center for Research on Antisemitism is an academic research institution at the Technical University of Berlin. The Center’s core task is interdisciplinary basic research on the topic of antisemitism past and present. This ties in with related fields of research such as racism and prejudice research, the history of the Holocaust, antiziganism research, and many others. The Center for Research on Antisemitism belongs to regional and international research networks like the International Consortium for Research on Antisemitism and Racism. In addition to its work in research and teaching, the Center also acts in an advisory capacity in the areas of scholarship, education, and politics.
The interdisciplinary USC Dornsife Center for Advanced Genocide Research (formerly the USC Shoah Foundation Center for Advanced Genocide Research) was established in Los Angeles in 2014 with an innovative research agenda. Since then, it has focused primarily on the following topics: resistance to genocide, emotions and behavior in connection with violence, and digital genocide research. It promotes the academic use of the 55000 video interviews with survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides that are preserved in the Visual History Archive of the USC Shoah Foundation. By offering fellowships, holding international conferences, and running a wide-ranging academic program, the Center for Advanced Genocide Research promotes innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to research.
»The deportations were an act of degradation that was carried out on a public stage. We want to help give people’s names and stories back to them – and give them back their dignity too.«Dr. Alina Bothe, #LastSeen Project Manager
Dr. Alina Bothe is the #LastSeen project manager. She previously curated the exhibition “Expelled! Berlin, October 28, 1938: The History of the ‘Polish Operation’” in 2016-18. She is currently completing a post-doctoral thesis on the persecution of Jews with Polish citizenship in the German Reich between 1938 and 1942. She has received numerous international fellowships, including the international Teaching Fellowship of the USC Shoah Foundation.
Alina Bothe’s publications include:
- Die Geschichte der Shoah im virtuellen Raum: Eine Quellenkritik, Munich 2019
- Ausgewiesen! Berlin, 28. Oktober 1938. Die Geschichte der “Polenaktion”, Berlin 2018 (together with Gertrud Pickhan)