The project “Remembering the Past, Learning for the Future: Research-Based Digital Learning from Testimonies of Survivors and Rescuers of the Holocaust” [ID 740639658] is hosted at the University of Lisbon Centre for English Studies (Research Group 6 on Translation and Reception Studies).
It was approved for funding by the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) in March 2021. With the total funding of 33,656 EUR, the project will last for 12 months, from 5 April 2021 until 4 April 2022.
Via the international partnership (USC Shoah Foundation, Zachor Foundation, Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem, and the University of Luxembourg), we are planning to develop a suite of materials for educators and the general public and carry out related activities using testimony from witnesses and survivors of the Holocaust through digital tools, and with innovative pedagogical methodology. We will use the USC Shoah Foundation’s international IWitness digital education platform that contains 3000 full testimonies, curated clips and interactive digital activities. The tasks will include:
1) Research in the Visual History Archive of the University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation (an archive that contains 54,975 video testimonies of survivors and rescuers of the Holocaust – 563 in Portuguese);
2) Develop 6 digital, testimony-based educational materials on the IWitness platform in Portuguese;
3) Create a Portuguese language microsite on the IWitness platform for all developed content containing all resources;
4) Set up 2 teacher training courses (in which we will develop materials and the methodology of teaching about the Holocaust with testimonies)
5) Pilot and evaluate teaching materials (with students); evaluate teacher training programs (mixed method – qualitative/quantitative);
6) Develop testimony-based local history programs using the international, free-of-charge mobile application of the USC Shoah Foundation (IWalk). The app allows a self-guiding conduct but it can be guided by experts;
7) 2 dissemination events for the local history walk program.