Üngör’s mission is to create a comprehensive archive on life in times of war and dictatorship, with as much Syrian testimonials as possible. The archive is intended to serve as a source for future historians, including stories that can make sure that the violence of today will not be forgotten. In order to construct this archive, Üngör learned Arab, so he could talk to victims, as well as offenders of the war in Syria.
Learning the Arab language was essential to the creation of the archive, Üngör says. “Syria has a very vocal society. Therefore I approach it from a perspective of ‘oral history’. I let people tell their life stories from their own point of view.” According to Üngör, the only way to get a better understanding of the conflict, is to listen carefully to Syrians.