Historical documents transport the particular experiences of trans and intersex persons. These memories are intrinsically linked to experiences of 'being different’ regarding gender and sexuality. This oral history project collects interviews with contemporary witnesses and provides a framework for a collective memory and a group-specific memorial culture.
Biographical documents provide insight as to which degree discriminations, culminating in persecution by states, impacted everyday life. They show individual experiences of oppression and repression in the context of individual biographical narratives, how personal concepts of life and actual everyday life practices were influenced by these adversities – but also how humans strove under these conditions for their dignity, how they found friends and support, and how they persistently attempted to assert themselves.