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Be the first to meet Olga’s interactive biography

Olga Horak is one of six of our Sydney-based Holocaust survivors whose biographies have been brought to life as part of the Dimensions in Testimony project, in collaboration with the USC Shoah Foundation.

Over an intensive five days in December 2020, Olga answered around 1,000 questions about her experiences in the Holocaust, her life, her interests, and hopes for the future, while being filmed within a specialised rig with 23 cameras. 

Using artificial intelligence (AI) and next-generation language processing, the many hours of footage from these interviews have been transformed into an interactive biography capable of lifelike conversation. 

Now, Olga’s interactive biography is being trained to respond to audience questions. This means you can talk to her and see her reply as though Olga is actually sitting right in front of you, sharing her stories of history, hope, survival, and resilience.

Leaving a lasting legacy

When it comes to learning about history, nothing quite compares to having an intimate conversation with the people who were there to experience it. This is why meeting Holocaust survivors and hearing their stories has always has been one of the most meaningful experiences we offer at the Museum.

Sadly, we have to prepare for a time when we no longer have survivors left with us. Interactive technologies, like Olga’s biography, are critical to this plan as they offer a way for future visitors to have authentic and meaningful interactions with important eyewitnesses to history. 

The remaining five interactive Holocaust survivor biographies will be available for testing sessions soon. You’ll be able to sit down with the biographies of Yvonne Engelman, Eddie Jaku, Kuba Enoch, Paul Drexler, and Francine Lazarus, and ask them any questions about their lives. 

Help us make history

The more questions are asked, the better the technology becomes.

Olga’s interactive biography is in an important testing phase of the project, which means she’s still learning to connect any question asked with the many hours of footage that can be drawn on as answers.

You’re invited to join in our first-ever public testing of this groundbreaking project. Olga’s interactive biography needs to be asked tens of thousands of questions before she’s ready for exhibition, and we can’t do it without you. 

The conversations you have with her will be key to preparing Olga’s interactive biography for future exhibitions.

Training her interactive biography is easy: simply ask it a question anything you want to know – and hear her response in a real-time, lifelike conversation. 

Join a session

Over the summer we’re offering 50 museum visitors per day exclusive access to see and interact with Olga’s biography, guided by our volunteers and museum educators.

When? 

  • 22 November until 20 December: 11am on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 
  • 21 December onwards: 11am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays.
  • Attending this hour-long session is included in the price of admission. Simply let us know you’ll be joining a session upon arrival at the Museum on the day. 

 

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