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Preserving and displaying everyday life: Digital stories of escape from France during the Second World War

Diamond, Hanna ORCID: 2017. Preserving and displaying everyday life: Digital stories of escape from France during the Second World War. Essays in French Literature and Culture 54 , pp. 61-82.

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In analysing the creation and curation of the Fleeing Hitler website (, this article seeks to contribute to discussions around the transmission of memory in the digital age. It first sets out the design of the website and offers an overview of the content reflecting on the role played by contributors and their motivations for participating in this project. It demonstrates how the website opens up avenues for research for underrepresented or neglected voices. Then, in addressing questions of display, it argues that while the textual accounts plunge us into the atmosphere of those difficult and uncertain weeks, the accompanying photographs complement the transmission of these experiences in significant and sometimes unexpected ways reflecting the value of integrating photography into our understanding and preservation of memories of everyday life, The article finishes by exploring how the website brings to light the connectedness of memory, and in discussing broader digital memory debates suggests that digital platforms like this one offer innovative potential for displaying and preserving written and visual testimony.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Modern Languages
Subjects: D History General and Old World > D History (General) > D731 World War II
D History General and Old World > DC France
Publisher: University of Western Australia
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 11 April 2017
Date of Acceptance: 29 July 2015
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2023 05:37

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