The Frankfurt History App opens up new approaches to the historical traces of the city: It connects places with personal stories, historical recordings, video clips and audio tours. Today's city is the starting point from which users can actively navigate through history with the app. It offers historical knowledge for on-the-go: for quick exploration of the immediate surroundings or for longer city tours. This knowledge is constantly being expanded in a participatory manner, new topics and locations can be added by users, and tours can also be put together by users themselves. The app is maintained by the Historisches Museum Frankfurt and offers an open and sustainable mediation platform for initiatives, associations, museums and archives.
We are launching the app with the theme "Frankfurt and National Socialism": over 1,000 places relating to the National Socialist past have been compiled by the Frankfurt Historical Museum together with the Institute for the History of Frankfurt and community initiatives. These places are all located on a city map. Even at first glance, you can see how much National Socialism has inscribed itself in the city's history. The map distinguishes between places of persecution, places of resistance and "Volksgemeinschaft". Stolpersteine and monuments are also visible in the app. The content shows different perspectives of those affected: Jews, Roma and Sinti, forced laborers, people with disabilities, queer people. They tell stories of political and religious resistance or of nonconforming behavior, as in the case of the swing youth.
In addition, tours were also produced that open up inclusive and innovative approaches to the topic. We developed a tour in Leichte Sprache (plain language) for the burial ground of the "euthanasia" victims at Frankfurt's main cemetery in cooperation with Lebenshilfe Frankfurt. The Frankfurt artist Katharina Müller has designed a graphic approach and exploration of memorial sites. With tours, biographies and in-depth content in German and English, the app is a flexible educational offer for very different target groups such as school classes and tourists.
The Frankfurt History App offers various possibilities for expansion and participation. Following the principle of shared expertise, you can add missing content to existing topics. You can also create your own tours for your learning group. Or develop a completely new topic together with us and berlinHistory e.V. and publish it in the app.
The Frankfurt History App was sponsored within the framework of the Foundation Remembrance, Responsibility and Future (EVZ) and the German Federal Ministry of Finances (BMF) and implemented in the cooperation project "Frankfurt and National Socialism" with the participation of many initiatives and partners. berlinHistory e.V. developed the app technically, based on the cooperative principle and model of the berlinHistory App. For the future, thematic extensions are planned in cooperation with Frankfurt partners, for example on the revolution of 1848/49.