Survivor of Nazi Horrors to Appear as 3D Hologram at UK Museum, Recall Holocaust Ordeals
A survivor of the Nazi horrors will appear as a hologram as part of a new project at the UK’s National Holocaust Center and Museum, the British publication Ham & High reported on Thursday.
A 3D projection of 85-year-old Rudi Oppenheimer will be on display at the museum starting this summer in connection to “The Forever Project” — a interactive program that “will preserve the voice of Holocaust survivors for generations to come,” according to the museum.
Oppenheimer was filmed over the course of five days talking about his experiences during the Holocaust and his projection will give testimony about the ordeals he faced. The hologram will also answer questions from visitors at the museum with the help of advanced digital technology that will match the questions with the most relevant answers.
The museum said in a statement on its website that the “Forever Project” enables it to “recreate the experience schoolchildren currently have: listening to and interacting with a survivor. The project will protect an experience which makes a vital contribution to children’s understanding of the events of the Holocaust and their connection to it.”
Born in Berlin in 1931, Oppenheimer was living with his family in Holland — where his father worked at a bank — when the Nazis invaded and sent them to the Westerbork concentration camp in the Netherlands and then to Bergen-Belsen in Germany. Oppenheimer’s parents died from disease in the camp, but he and his two siblings survived. He now lives in London.
Ten Holocaust survivors have already been filmed for the project and Oppenheimer’s hologram will be the second to go on display, according to Ham & High.