Britta Lange

Captured VoicesSound Recordings of Prisoners of War from the Sound Archive 1915 - 1918

»In the land of Germany, they don’t understand a word, and I don’t speak in shame.« These words were sung by Jasbahadur Rai on 6th June 1916 into the funnel of a gramophone. As an Indian colonial soldier of the British Army, he was located in a prisoner of war camp in Wünsdorf, not far from Berlin in Germany, at the time of his sound recording. He sang in his language about how he perceived Germany, and at the same time that he hardly dared to speak. To whom did he speak when he raised his voice nonetheless? The cultural studies scholar Britta Lange researched sound recordings of male prisoners of war from the Sound Archive of the Humboldt University of Berlin produced in German camps during the First World War by scientists of the Royal Prussian Phonographic Commission. In this book, she traces the voices that are preserved today on shellac records. Each chapter constitutes a new encounter and raises complex questions: How can the historical testimonies not only be heard but also be listened to today? And what forms of translation do they demand? Captured in multiple ways, the voices in this comprehensive study not only reveal their historical making as sound recordings, but also reflect contemporary interpretations of archival and scholarly practice. The English e-book includes a streaming feature for the sound recordings co-produced by Britta Lange and Sebastian Schwesinger. It is translated from German by Dr. Rubaica Jaliwala as part of a grant from the Deutscher Übersetzerfonds.

E-Book PDF (PDF)

August 2022

400 Seiten

90 Abbildungen

Übersetzung: Dr. Rubaica Jaliwala

ISBN 978-3-96750-008-0

34,99 € inkl. MwSt.zzgl. Versandkosten

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Foto Captured Voices 1
Britta Lange and Sebastian Schwesinger in the Sound Archive of the Humboldt University, Am Kupfergraben 5, Berlin-Mitte. 1 February 2017. Photo: Felicitas Fiedler
Foto Captured Voices 2
Shellac record PK 307 in the sound archive of the Humboldt University of Berlin. Carrier of the song by Jasbahadur Rai. Photo: Emilio Tamburini, 2018
Foto Captured Voices 3
The Humboldt University of Berlin's sound archive with a balcony overlooking the inner courtyard. Am Kupfergraben 5, Berlin-Mitte. Photo: Emilio Tamburini, 2018

Britta Lange

Britta Lange ist Kunst- und Kulturwissenschaftlerin. Mit dem Forschungsprojekt »Gefangene Stimmen«, das sie am Institut für Sozialanthropologie an der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften in Wien und am Institut für Kulturwissenschaft an der Humboldt-Universität Berlin durchführte, ...

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