Centre for Digital Humanities


Interview Lorena De Vita: Using Transkribus to decrypt the diaries of a German jurist

A number of Otto Küster’s diaries. Photo: Lorena De Vita

During her research Lorena De Vita stumbled upon the personal diaries, spanning from 1932 to 1989, of Otto Küster, a German jurist who dedicated a significant portion of his professional career seeking reparations for Holocaust survivors. His handwriting, however, was almost illegible. De Vita participated in a Trankskribus workshop offered by the UB and CDH and put together a research team to start transcribing the diaries.

On 20 March 2024 De Vita and her postdoc Laura Fahnenbruck will deliver a CDH lecture. This is followed by an optional Transkribus workshop provided by the DH-UB Team.