This website was developed from the student pilot project „Dark Hours and Golden Times, the Fate of European Cities“. This project was realised thanks to the assistance of the foundation “Remembrance, Responsibility and Future” of the Historical Workshop Europe. The conception, planning and execution were done by the staff of the Georg Eckert Institute for International School Textbook Research, under the direction of Eva Dorner-Müller.
There was a project partnership with the teacher’s centre for training and further training, „Małopolskie Centrum Doskonalenia Nauczycieli“, in Krakow and the history faculty of the University of Vilnius. This website was created by the staff of the Georg-Eckert Institute in co-operation with students from the University of Vilnius (under the direction of Dr. Arūnas Vyšniauskas), and students and young teachers from the teacher’s centre in Krakow( under the direction of Krystyna Zaufal and Halina Wesołowska).
The Georg-Eckert Institute’s staff took over the co-ordination, planning and realisation for the technical execution of the website. Mirko Nels was primarily in charge of the project’s technical execution and put the idea of the kaleidoscope into practice in a graphically and technically creative way. Robert Strötgen took over the role of consultant. We would like to thank Andreas L. Fuchs for his spontaneous and skilled support.
The German texts were translated by Liesel Tarquini, Wendy Anne Kopisch and Anna Stock-Hesketh, co-workers at the Georg-Eckert Institute. They also edited the Lithuanian texts that were translated by the students themselves. The Polish contributions were translated by Martha Melke.
The Lithuanian group was supported and advised by the school textbook publisher and author Ignas Kapleris, writer and translator Ignė Šakalienė and the student photographer Paulius Jakucevicius.
Ulrike Schuh-Fricke (teacher of history and English in Braunschweig) helped the German project group to make the materials didactical.
The student apprentice, Susann Gebauer, created the method part for the website and wrote parts of the didactic commentaries. We would like to thank her, especially for her expertise and her dedicated editorial revision of the German and Lithuanian contributions. Furthermore, we would like to thank Verena Radkau-García for her patient and competent support during the editorial revisions.
We would like to give special thanks to the staff of the City Archives, Essen; the department for Geoinformation, Measurement and Land Registry, Essen; and the Stadtbildstelle Essen for their friendly help with finding sources and for letting us use those sources for this website.