People can put the current crisis in context by watching interactive documentary “Schumann's Eck”, produced by European Cultures students at the University of Luxembourg.
Located at the junction of roads linking Ettelbruck, Bastogne, Wiltz and the lake of the Haute-Sûre, Schumann’s Eck was the scene of one of the cruellest episodes of the Battle of the Bulge.
This documentary describes and shows viewers how the lives of people in Luxembourg were impacted by WWII, by focusing on forced conscription of young men, prisoners of war and heroic acts. Combining archive photos and videos as well as research into individuals, the project pays tribute to the men and women who lived through this testing time. The original version is in English but the doc also exists with French or German subtitles.
This year marks the 75 th anniversary of the Battle of the Bulge, a German offensive which took place from 16 December 1944 to 21 January 1945 and in which some 170,000 people died. The attack came as a surprise, following as it did the liberation of Pétange on 9 September, 1944.
The documentary was put online by the Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History (C²DH) and the National Museum of Military History of Diekirch. It was produced in cooperation with the National Museum of Military History of Diekirch. The project was initiated by Sandra Camarda, Dominique Santana, Denis Scuto a Gerben Zaagsma of the C²DH with the help of the audiovisual technician Laurent Thiry, the designer Robert Beța and collaborators from the Media Centre of the University of Luxembourg. An innovative project, it allowed to experiment with the introduction of active learning and the use of digital methodologies in the teaching of contemporary history.