A participatory historical “Webdocumentary” on the Second World War

A participatory historical “Webdocumentary” on the Second World War

The collective of student historians "History through video" is preparing a documentary project devoted to the place of French civilians during the Second World War. Supported by several institutions (INA, audiovisual service of the army, University of the Sorbonne, BDIC) this work will take the form of a 52-minute documentary broadcast on TNT and a web documentary hosted here on the site Our website.

The project

They tell why and how they started this project, how you yourself could participate in it, and how you can help in this quest for testimony.

We wanted to interview people who may have been our grandparents so that they can relate the memories of their childhoods. They were thus able to tell in front of the camera, their sometimes painful memories which recall dark hours in the history of France (hunger, collaboration, bombardments ...). But far from focusing only on oral history, we decided to add the dissemination of excerpts from Vichy propaganda, as well as an analysis of historians in order to help viewers better situate the context of the story. 'time.

This documentary project can be found in two forms:

- A 52-minute short film which will be broadcast on the Cinaps channel of TNT (Ile-de-France channel subsidized by the CNRS).

- a webdocumentary broadcast here on the site The interactive form of the webdocumentary will allow us to add many additional sections that could not be included in the short film (historical quiz, call for testimonials, interactive navigation of the documentary).

This will be the first historical web documentary designed and produced by student historians.

How can you participate in the project?

This documentary project is intended to last by calling on Internet users to conduct interviews themselves and search their attic in order to find archives from this period (photos, documents, identity card). All these elements will be broadcast in the “testimonial map” section of the web documentary. The idea is to collect the greatest number of testimonies and archives over this period.

We want to make sure through these interviews that a large number of French people can tell their memories. We want to offer this possibility to everyone, but also to receive and confront a wide range of different opinions. Not all have experienced the same thing, whether they were city dwellers or peasants, Jewish or not, resistance fighters or workers in the STO.

How can you help?

We are supported by several public institutions (University Paris 1, student mutual fund LMDE, the CROUS in Paris) but not all of our grant applications were fully accepted. In order to allow the creation of this documentary project in the best possible form, a call is therefore made to the community of history enthusiasts.

Whether you help up to 5, 10, 50 or 200 euros, each aid will be precious to advance the fundraising which must end on October 28th. And just by talking about the project around you, you will allow us to mobilize those who do not want to see all these precious testimonies disappear.

Each donation will also make a contribution to all donors to thank each person for their investment. Each additional donation will allow us on the one hand to finance better quality archives, on the other hand to have our work translated into English as well as German, and to ensure a future for the web documentary in relation to the cost of broadcasting on the internet. (server, bandwidth).

At a time when history can be overused in so-called "general public" books and that the Vel d'Hiv roundup is only known by 62% of French people (and 40% among 18-24 year olds ) (1) it seems essential to us to support projects which want to be a bridge between academic scientific rigor and the general public's thirst for knowledge.

1: CSA survey July 2012

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