So that we never
forget their names

So that we never<br />
forget their names

In January 2021, the façade of the French Embassy in Berlin will become a “screen.” The media installation projected onto it is dedicated to the victims of National Socialism and appeals for support in the #everynamecounts crowdsourcing initiative. We are also streaming it live worldwide along with interesting background information.

You can view the live stream of the media installation here on January 21 and 27, 2021 (from 5 to 10 p.m. each day). We will also share interesting videos and interviews relating to the installation and the #everynamecounts initiative. We hope you’ll join us!

We thank our partner the French Embassy in Berlin for their valuable support.

The evocative media installation marking International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, 2021, brings remembrance into the here and now. The names of victims of the Nazis will be projected onto the Berlin cityscape and into the public consciousness, along with the #everynamecounts crowdsourcing initiative. This digital event is an appeal to support us in the #everynamecounts project.

Anne-Marie Descôtes

» #everynamecounts sets up an innovative tool to spread knowledge and heighten awareness and critical sense in an inventive way. Beyond historical commemorations, it participates in the building of a living and active memory which involves new generations and binds our democratic societies together «

Anne-Marie Descôtes, Ambassador of France in Germany

The visual concept

The media artists from URBANSCREEN didn’t have an easy task. We asked them to visualize the #everynamecounts initiative and digital memorial to victims of the Nazis, depict the transition from the analog to the digital world, and bring the enormous mass of data in our archive to life. They approached the project with historical understanding and an unerring sense of how to bring the digital into public space.

The URBANSCREEN team.

This is how Till Botterweck from URBANSCREEN describes the installation concept: “‘Bad recording’ versus ‘good recording’ – the #everynamecounts project contrasts these two opposites. Nazi perpetrators once recorded the names of their victims in their documents. Now numerous volunteers are recording these names for the online archive of the Arolsen Archives – an encouraging act that constructs a memorial to everyone persecuted by the Nazis with every single name that is transcribed.”

Sound is at least as important as the images in our media installation. It can generate emotions better than any another medium, without requiring any special language skills or background knowledge.

 

A peek at the work that went into the #everynamecounts media installation:

URBANSCREEN is an internationally active production studio for media art based in Bremen. The artist collective has over ten years of experience in the implementation of complex media productions for museums, festivals, companies and agencies. The studio has illuminated the Sydney Opera House, the European Central Bank in Frankfurt and the Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg, among other projects:

 

Premiere to kick off German-French Week

The French Embassy in Berlin supports us as a partner and is hosting the multimedia presentation. The embassy building, which was designed by the famous architect Christian de Portzamparc, offers ideal technical and aesthetic conditions for the installation. Thanks to its central location, it brings our efforts to create a digital memorial to the victims of National Socialism right to the heart of Berlin.

The #everynamecounts initiative is growing larger and more international in 2021, and our partnership with the French Embassy in Germany is a strong starting signal for this. The media installation will premiere at the start of German-French Week, on the eve of the 58th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty. Signed 18 years after the end of World War II, this treaty marked the beginning of German-French friendship and heralded a modern and peaceful Europe.

Crowdsourcing for a digital memorial

The Arolsen Archives launched #everynamecounts in January 2020, initially as a pilot project with school students. They were to digitize documents of Nazi persecutees from the archives and in the process dealt with the fates of the victims. During the Corona pandemic, more and more people worldwide participated in the crowdsourcing project: More than 10,000 registered users digitized over 2.5 million documents from their homes.

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