Frankfurt offers a wide range of opportunities for active engagement with the Nazi period. Many of them were launched by citizens’ initiatives. The Memory Platform provides an overview and access to these offers. It brings together the knowledge acquired by the initiatives and institutions and introduces the different perspectives and forms of remembrance work in Frankfurt in all their diversity.
“Frankfurt and National Socialism: A Memory Platform” is a digital project of the Historisches Museum Frankfurt, the Jüdisches Museum Frankfurt, and the Institut für Stadtgeschichte Frankfurt (ISG). This project was sponsored within the framework of the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future (EVZ) and the German Federal Ministry of Finances (BMF) with support from the Office of the Mayor in Charge of Culture of the City of Frankfurt am Main.
This website is intended as a research hub and networking platform: individual researchers and history initiatives can make their work more visible and accessible, and those interested in history can find information and offers more easily. The memory platform wants to encourage engagement with the history of National Socialism, facilitate research and contribute to the rememberance of the persecuted.
By way of this internet portal, the Institut für Stadtgeschichte offers state-of-the-art access to the history of the City of Frankfurt am Main under National Socialism. The website brings the constantly growing knowledge about the Nazi period together in one place. It presently comprises more than 620 articles with some 1,100 images as well as supplementary audio documents on nearly all aspects.
With the Frankfurt History App of the Historisches Museum Frankfurt, interested persons can set out in search of traces of National Socialism in the urban space of Frankfurt. With the aid of some 1,000 sites, you can learn more about the city’s Nazi past or go on walking tours focussing on various specific aspects.
During the Shoah, more than 12,000 Jews with biographical ties to Frankfurt am Main were murdered. The Shoah Memorial Frankfurt provides public access to all known biographies. The research function enables name and full-text searches as well as filtering by city, street address, and birth and death dates.
Much of what we know about Frankfurt and National Socialism was researched by citizens’ initiatives and recorded, for example in interviews with first-hand witnesses to the historical events.
Many initiatives are locally or project oriented; others have established themselves as historical-political educational institutions known beyond regional boundaries.