Technology brings images of survivors of the Holocaust to life

Memories of survivors of the Holocaust are now preserved so that people of future generations can communicate with them.

Survival stories of victims of the Nazi regime, in which about six million Jews were killed during the Second World War, are transferred to holograms.

The Shoah Foundation of the University of Southern California was founded in 1994 by film director Steven Spielberg and has about 55,000 audiovisual testimonies.

Interactive technology enables museum visitors to conduct a dialogue with survivors, even after they have gone to 'learn from the mistakes of the world & # 39 ;.

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Memories of survivors of the Holocaust are now preserved so that people of future generations can communicate with them. Survival stories of victims of the Nazi regime are transferred to holograms. Here Max Glauben records his testimony

The experience combines high-definition holographic interview recordings and voice recognition technology to enable Holocaust survivors to tell their deeply moving personal stories and respond to questions from the audience.

Max Glauben is the newest survivor of the Holocaust that has been recorded by the university.

Mr. Glauben, now 91, was seventeen when he lost both his parents and his brother at the hands of the Nazi regime, but was rescued by American troops in 1945.

I thought that my knowledge could cure the hatred and intolerance and murders in this world if someone could listen to my story, my testimony and be educated, even after I was away, "said Mr. Glauben. .

The Los Angeles-based foundation has included 18 interactive testimonies with Holocaust survivors in recent years. Holocaust survivor Fritzie Fritzshall represents a hologram of himself in The Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience at the Holocaust Museum and Illinois Education Center in Skokie, Illinois (Ron Gould / Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center via AP)

The Shoah Foundation of the University of Southern California was founded in 1994 by film director Steven Spielberg and has about 55,000 audiovisual testimonies. Holocaust survivor Fritzie Fritzshall stands for a hologram of himself

Executive Director Stephen Smith says that they are in a race against time & # 39; while they are working to add more, looking for both a variety of experiences and testimonies in different languages.

So far the Holocaust survivors foundation has spoken in English, Hebrew and Spanish and the group hopes that people speak in more languages.

Executive Director Stephen Smith says that they are in a race against time & # 39; sit while they work to add more, looking for diversity in experiences and testimonials in different languages.

It is as powerful as it is in your mother tongue and you look the person in the eye and you hear nuanced language that comes back, that is your own language, Smith said.

Interactive technology enables museum visitors to conduct a dialogue with survivors, even after they have gone to 'learn from the mistakes of the world & # 39 ;. The experience combines high-definition holographic interview recordings and speech recognition technology. Here a student asks a question to the survivor of the Holocaust, William Morgan

Interactive technology enables museum visitors to conduct a dialogue with survivors, even after they have gone to 'learn from the mistakes of the world & # 39 ;. The experience combines high-definition holographic interview recordings and speech recognition technology. Here a student asks a question to the survivor of the Holocaust, William Morgan

For more than a year now, the survivors' statues have been shown in a special theater at the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

The CEO of the museum, Susan Abrams, says that when visitors interact with the images, the impact is often obvious: People get tired; people laugh. & # 39;

"Our audience gets the feeling that they know these survivors somewhat intimately, because they have a small group conversation," Abrams said.

The Illinois Museum is one of four at the moment with the images. Other museums are in Houston, Indiana and New York.

So far the Holocaust survivors foundation has spoken in English, Hebrew and Spanish and the group hopes that people speak in more languages. Max Glauben is sitting in the interactive green screen room while he is filming his piece

So far the Holocaust survivors foundation has spoken in English, Hebrew and Spanish and the group hopes that people speak in more languages. Max Glauben is sitting in the interactive green screen room while he is filming his piece

The Holocaust Museum in Dallas will present the testimonials in September after it has been opened at a new location and with a new name – the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum.

The Dallas Museum currently brings survivors to talk with students and has discovered that this is often the most meaningful part of their visit, according to President and CEO Mary Pat Higgins.

This technology ensures that she can continue, she said.

& # 39; Our survivors age, and so in 20 years we will not have survivors who are still able to do that themselves, & # 39; she said.

Smith said that the images can appear on a flat screen or be projected in a way that looks three-dimensional.

The Dallas Museum is currently encouraging survivors to talk with students and has discovered that this is often the most meaningful part of their visit. The foundation says that this new technology ensures that this continues to happen. Pictured here, the hologram of William Morgan

The Dallas Museum is currently encouraging survivors to talk with students and has discovered that this is often the most meaningful part of their visit. The foundation says that this new technology ensures that this continues to happen. Pictured here, the hologram of William Morgan

Like Illinois, Dallas builds a special theater, so that the image resembles a stage three-dimensionally.

Smith said that the technology involved is simpler than many people think.

And everything that happens is that you look at a linear testimony, all parts of the testimony are broken up, and if you ask a question, he finds that piece of video and plays it for you. & # 39 ;

A student at the Westchester Academy for International Studies, asks a question to the hologram of the survivor of Holocaust survivor William Morgan

A student at the Westchester Academy for International Studies, asks a question to the hologram of the survivor of Holocaust survivor William Morgan

  The images can be displayed on a flat screen or projected in a way that looks three-dimensional. Pictured here, visitors to Holocaust survivor Fritzie Fritzshall at The Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience at the Holocaust Museum of Illinois

The images can be displayed on a flat screen or projected in a way that looks three-dimensional. Pictured here, visitors to Holocaust survivor Fritzie Fritzshall at The Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience at the Holocaust Museum of Illinois

JT Buzanga, assistant curator at the Houston Holocaust Museum, said that the unique nature of the interactive testimonials gives visitors a reason to return.

"It is something that makes the connection that people want to remember and want to come back", said Mr. Buzanga.

Mr. Glauben, who made it his mission to tell people about the Holocaust, helped find the Dallas Museum.

He says that after he lost his family, he told himself that he would do everything he could to teach the people and let them know what kind of tragedy this was & # 39 ;.

Amy Frake, center, explains to students of the Westchester Academy for International Studies how they can ask a question to the hologram. The testimony is broken, so if you ask a question, it finds that piece of video and plays it for you

Amy Frake, center, explains to students of the Westchester Academy for International Studies how they can ask a question to the hologram. The testimony is broken, so if you ask a question, it finds that piece of video and plays it for you

WHAT WAS THE AUSCHWITZ CONCENTRATION CAMP?

Auschwitz was a concentration and extermination camp that was used by the Nazis during the Second World War.

The camp, which is located in Poland, consisted of three main locations. Auschwitz I, the original concentration camp, Auschwitz II-Birkenau, a combined concentration / extermination camp and Auschwitz III-Monowitz, a labor camp, with a further 45 satellites.

Birkenau became an important part of the & # 39; & # 39; Final solution & # 39; from the Nazis, where they tried to liberate Europe from the Jews.

An estimated 1.3 million people were sent to the camp, of whom at least 1.1 million died – about 90 percent of whom were Jews.

Since 1947 it has been operating as Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, which in 1979 was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

Auschwitz was a death camp used by the Nazis in Poland to kill more than 1.1 million Jews

Auschwitz was a death camp used by the Nazis in Poland to kill more than 1.1 million Jews

Since 1947 it has been operating as Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, which in 1979 was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

Since 1947 it has been operating as Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum, which in 1979 was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco.

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