Holograms Retelling Holocaust Stories

If anyone thought this could never happen they’re dead wrong, no pun intended.

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First learned about this in my 499 class about memorialization practices where in Europe, destroyed buildings of the Jewish ghetto are overlaid onto the contemporary structures to give a very interesting insight into the past from how it looked then to today; but now I see the related fields to this class so I thought i’d share…

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USA Today: “It was the 80-year-old survivor’s digital doppelganger, dressed in a white shirt, dark pants and matching vest, that was doing the talking as it gazed intently at its audience, sometimes tapping its feet as it paused to consider a question.

Over the years, elderly Holocaust survivors like Gutter have been leaving behind manuscripts and oral histories of their lives, fearful that once they are gone there will be no one to explain the horror they lived through or to challenge the accounts ofHolocaust deniers like Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

For the past 18 months, a group led by USC’s Shoah Foundation has been trying to change that by creating three-dimensional holograms of nearly a dozen people who survived Nazi Germany’s systematic extermination of 6 million Jews during World War II.

Like the digital librarian portrayed by Orlando Jones in the 2002 movie “The Time Machine,” the plan is for Gutter and the others to live on in perpetuity, telling generations not born yet the horror they witnessed and offering their thoughts on how to avoid having one of history’s darkest moments repeated.

Although people at this week’s event saw Gutter as only a two-dimensional figure, he has been painstakingly filmed for hours in 3-D and, perhaps as early as next year according to those involved in the project, his hologram could be talking face-to-face with visitors at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.

Certainly it will be within five years, said Stephen Smith, the Shoah Foundation’s executive director, and Paul Debevec, associate director of the university’s Institute for Creative Technologies, which is creating the hologram project’s infrastructure…” Read more

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