Contemporary witnesses are people who can testify to certain historical events because they have personally experienced the time in question. Nowadays, it is impossible to imagine history lessons, extracurricular political education, museum work, television and the Internet without these people. Contemporary witnesses make history tangible and experienceable.
The Saarland has a very special and eventful history in its importance as a business location, as a border region and as the youngest federal state in Germany. The project “Zeitzeug:innen im Saarland | Erinnerung. Multimedial.” has taken on the task of recording conversations with contemporary witnesses from various social sectors in Saarland in order to preserve their memories and experiences for posterity. In this way, a unique virtual place of remembrance of Saarland history is to be created, which is intended to have an identity- and community-building effect.