Things to Do

This pro­ject seeks crea­te oppor­tu­nities for enga­ge­ment with ever­y­day life under the Nazis among diver­se social groups. Focu­sing on this lar­ge cor­re­spon­dence, we hope to enab­le social groups to enter into con­ver­sa­ti­ons with one ano­t­her about the Nazi past who do not usual­ly do so, such as mem­bers of dif­fe­rent genera­ti­ons, natio­na­li­ties, or aca­de­mics and laypeople.

Feel free to com­ment on indi­vi­du­al let­ters using the com­ment func­tion and enga­ge in broa­der dis­cus­sion in the forums. Regis­ter here and sub­mit your thoughts to the moderators.

Users may want to use the let­ters in a wide varie­ty of other ways, brin­ging dif­fe­rent expec­ta­ti­ons to bear, using various methods, and for perhaps diver­gent pur­po­ses. This diver­si­ty is addres­sed below in more detail.

Image: “How it all began …”

Aut­hors (both pro­fes­sio­nal and amateur)

Do you want to publish your respon­se to one or more of the let­ters? You can com­ment on any publis­hed let­ter, so long as you are a regis­tered user. Just wri­te your thoughts (though keep in mind the terms and con­di­ti­ons for our blogs). You may also respond to an exis­ting com­ment like in all social media.

Would you like to wri­te a short essay about a par­ti­cu­lar the­me in the let­ters? Send your con­tri­bu­ti­on to Prof. Dr. Andrew Stuart Ber­ger­son (ber­ger­so­na [at] inclu­ding your name, the tit­le of the pie­ce, a sum­ma­ry (max 300 words), and the file its­elf (pre­fer­a­b­ly in .html with for­mat­ting or as a .doc or .docx). You must adhe­re to the T&S refe­rence sys­tem and our terms and conditions.

By sub­mit­ting your con­tri­bu­ti­on, you con­firm that you are the aut­hor of this work and that you hold copy­right to all of the ele­ments of the text inclu­ding images or embed­ded files, that they are copy­right free, or that you have per­mis­si­on to publish them on our web­site

All blogs and comments are mode­ra­ted befo­re publi­ca­ti­on to check for con­tent, cita­ti­ons, and user terms and con­di­ti­ons. The final decisi­on about publi­ca­ti­on remains in the hands of the edi­tors of the blog.

Scho­l­ars and Gran­ting Agencies

The T&S Pro­ject can be used for rese­arch pur­po­ses. to that end, scho­l­ars can find more infor­ma­ti­on on the fol­lowing topics here:

a lon­ger pro­ject description

a review of the inter­di­sci­pli­na­ry con­text for the project

a sys­te­ma­tic descrip­ti­on of the correspondence

A detail­ed descrip­ti­on of edi­to­ri­al methods used to pre­pa­re the let­ters for publi­ca­ti­on in this project

inst­ruc­tions for how to pro­per­ly refe­rence mate­ri­als from T&S

the Terms and Con­di­ti­ons of Use for using T&S materials

a Chro­ni­cle of the Project

a list of scho­l­ar­ly publi­ca­ti­ons about T&S whe­re we shared our inter­me­dia­te results

a selec­ted biblio­gra­phy on the the­mes of this project

The T&S rese­arch team is open to new par­ti­ci­pants and impul­ses. Stu­dents can learn more about internships with T&here. For all other inqui­ries con­ta­ct the Pro­ject Lea­ders­hip.


The T&S Pro­jekt can be used as tea­ching units.

Intro­duc­tion for Instructors

Stu­dent Lear­ning Objectives

Tea­ching Units

Addi­tio­nal lite­ra­tu­re can be found here.


The T&S Pro­ject is being used here as tea­ching units. As gene­ral lear­ning goals, the stu­dent should be able to do the fol­lowing after com­ple­ting the unit:

Take a posi­ti­on on how the stu­dy of world events from the per­spec­ti­ve of ordi­na­ry peop­le alters the estab­lis­hed way of tel­ling the sto­ry of the past.

Take a posi­ti­on on the qua­li­ties of cul­tu­ral arti­facts and the cul­tu­re of ever­y­day life in Ger­ma­ny during the 1930s and ’40s.

Take a posi­ti­on on the mea­ning of the past for their pre­sent per­so­nal­ly or generally.

And for DaF stu­dents, to be able to com­mu­ni­ca­te the­se posi­ti­ons con­fi­dent­ly in German.

Inst­ruc­tors will adjust the­se goals to their spe­ci­fic course.

The tea­ching units can be found here, inclu­ding advan­ced tea­ching units as well.

Addi­tio­nal lite­ra­tu­re can be found here.

Should you be inte­res­ted in joi­ning our rese­arch team, you can find out more infor­ma­ti­on about internships here. Other­wi­se, if you just wish to par­ti­ci­pa­te as a vol­un­teer, con­ta­ct Prof. Dr. Andrew Stuart Ber­ger­son (ber­ger­son [at]

T&S Rese­arch Team

The T&S rese­arch team con­sists of a very diver­se group of peop­le inclu­ding interns and vol­un­te­ers of all ages. We can do our work both in per­son and through vir­tu­al com­mu­ni­ca­ti­on, which means we are open to par­ti­ci­pants from all coun­tries so long as you have a com­pu­ter and an inter­net connection.

Should you be inte­res­ted in joi­ning our rese­arch team, you can find out more infor­ma­ti­on about internships here. Other­wi­se, if you just wish to par­ti­ci­pa­te as a vol­un­teer, con­ta­ct Prof. Dr. Andrew Stuart Ber­ger­son (ber­ger­son [at]

The T&S rese­arch team can find several use­ful links here. As of 2019, we will only be using Zote­ro for “old” let­ters. From now on, we will be using Tran­skri­bus­Web ins­tead for tran­scrib­ing. The inst­ruc­tions can be found here: the Tran­skri­bus Hand­book and a Anno­ta­ti­on Chart for quick reference.

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