Erzählte Geschichte

  • Oral Interviews with Witnesses
Language of Description
1982 - 2017
Level of Description
  • German
  • Latin

Extent and Medium

Approx. 2.800 tape cassettes

Biographical History

Starring in 1982 the DÖW has been interviewing people in the course of the oral history project “Erzählte Geschichte”

Scope and Content

The collection includes life story interviews with approx. 1050 people. The Interviewees were born between 1890 and 1944 and participated in the resistance and/or were subjected to persecution in the period from 1934 to 1945. They report on the history of the 20th century from their perspective.

The topics of the interviews include: First Austrian Republic, Anti-Semitism, Austro-Fascism, Resistance between 1934 and 1938, Resistance between 1938 and 1945, Spanish Civil War, “Anschluss” of Austria to Nazi Germany, Shoah, Disfranchisement of Jews, Deportation, Exile, The persecution of Carinthian Slovenes.

The countries of exile of the interviewees include: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolovia, Brasil, Canada,, China, Colombia, Cuba, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Hong, Kong, Hungary, India, Indochina, Iraq, Italy, Ivory, Coast, Japan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Marocco, Mauritius, Mexico, Myanmar, Netherlands, North Africa, Palestine, Persia, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Puerto, Rico, Rhodesia, Romania, Scottland, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South, Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, United, Kingdom, Uruguay, USA, USSR, Yugoslavia.

Conditions Governing Access

Approximately 800 interviews are transcribed. The tape cassettes (currently over 2,800 cassettes) of the interview collection were digitised in 2004 and thus secured for the future.

Publication Note

Dokumentationsarchiv des österreichischen Widerstandes (HG); Erzählte Geschichte. Berichte von Männern und Frauen in Widerstand wie Verfolgung (Bd. 1: Arbeiterbewegung, Bd. 2: Katholiken, Konservative, Legitimisten, Bd. 3: Jüdische Schicksale, Bd. 4: Die Kärntner Slowenen. Spurensuche); Wien: 1985-1992.

Archivist Note

Description made by Francesco Gelati on the basis of the website. Updated in 2023 by Fabio Rovigo with information from Ursula Schwarz (DÖW).

Rules and Conventions

EHRI Guidelines for Description v.1.0