Wednesday, 23 December 2009


A video by the Rauch Brothers who have animated the story of 86-year-old World War II veteran Joseph Robertson who fought at the Battle of the Bulge. Over 60 years later, he still can't forget one soldier he killed there.

Germans in the Woods from Rauch Brothers on Vimeo.

This story was captured as part of the Story Corps project.  Story Corps is an organisation working in the United States that aims "to honor and celebrate one another’s lives through listening."  It is one of the largest oral history project with over 50,000 people sharing their stories since 2003. 

I've been thinking about making use of some elements of the various oral history techniques in my work to capture at least some of the knowledge our staff and volunteers have about collections and the shipbuilding and engineering industries in Scotland.  As a result I've been reading a lot about oral history projects and techniques.

The Story Corps approach appealed to me and I thought I would include it here as I think it has several web 2.0 elements to it.  They encourage collaboration with others (for more information about the collaboration between Rauch Brothers and Story Corps see here), their make hundreds of the recordings available on their website to listen to and also have podcasts


オテモヤン 3 March 2010 at 02:21  
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Kathryn Mackenzie 15 March 2010 at 12:40  

Thanks for the video and the links. I hadn't heard of the Story Corps project before but I'll certainly be looking at their website now. Using the oral testaments with the animation is something I've never seen before but it works incredibly well - it almost had me in tears at my desk in the office!

Kiara King 15 March 2010 at 13:25  

Thanks Kathryn, I thought it was really effective and was also a bit teary when I watched it first!

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