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Discover Holocaust survivor stories this summer

There’s more than one way to interact with Holocaust survivor stories at the Museum during November, December and January.  

Listen to stories of hope and resilience at one of our ongoing survivor talks, be part of the testing phase of the groundbreaking Dimensions in Testimony (DiT) project, and use our free SJM Voices app in the Museum.

Be the first to meet Olga’s interactive biography

Olga Horak is one of six of our Sydney-based Holocaust survivors whose biographies are being brought to life as part of Dimensions in Testimony (DiT), in collaboration with 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 it and see it reply as though Olga is actually sitting right in front of you, sharing her stories of history, hope, survival, and resilience.

You’re invited to join in our first-ever public testing of this groundbreaking project. Training her interactive biography is easy: simply ask her 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.

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. 

When? 

  • 22 November until 20 December: 11am on Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. 
  • 21 December onwards: 11am on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays.

 

Join a talk by a Holocaust survivor

This summer, we look forward to resuming our talk series with Holocaust survivors in the Museum. It is a unique chance to hear the stories of survivors’ childhoods, survival of the war, rebuilding their lives, and their outlooks on life.

Each session will entail a dynamic conversation between a different Holocaust survivor and one of our Museum Educators. 

I’d like to attend

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. 

When? 

  • 21 December until 25 January: 11am on Tuesdays and Thursdays (except 28 December, which is a public holiday)

 

Be guided by the voices of history

Our free app, SJM Voices, lets you listen to the testimonies of Holocaust survivors, perpetrators, witnesses and experts. Listen to the voices of history on your own device as you move through our Holocaust exhibition.

For more information and to download the app before your visit, click here.

 

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