German History Intersections is a source-based digital project that examines three broad topics – migration, knowledge and education, and Germanness – from 1500 to the present. By charting these topics across centuries, the project offers an alternative to traditional histories that focus on discrete historical periods.
The article about the Landsberger Lager-Catjung, the resident-run newspaper of the Landsberg DP camp, introduces the editorial staff and offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at their work. I chose the article because it underscores the importance of knowledge production and circulation in the reconstruction of Jewish life immediately after the Holocaust and raises a variety of interesting questions about – for example – technology, information sharing, and the intersection of local (or even hyper-local) and international news. A related audiovisual source, a Holocaust testimony videotaped in 1982, describes the experience of a typist who worked on the paper.
Michael Printy, Yale University Library, member of the “Knowledge and Education” working group