This summer, you can experience the cutting-edge interactive technologies keeping Holocaust survivor stories alive.
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 offered by the Sydney Jewish Museum.
We’re sadly having to prepare for a time when it no longer has survivors left to share their stories. Technology is critical to this plan, offering a way for future visitors to have authentic and meaningful interactions with important eyewitnesses to history.
There are several ways to engage with history through technology at the Museum: you can explore the Holocaust exhibition using a GPS-based testimony app, or even have a conversation with a Holocaust survivor via a new lifelike interactive technology.
Meet an interactive Holocaust survivor biography
Yvonne Engelman is one of our six Sydney-based Holocaust survivors whose biographies are being brought to life as part of Dimensions in Testimony, in collaboration with USC Shoah Foundation.
Over an intensive five days in the summer of 2020-21, each survivor answered around 1,000 questions about their experiences in the Holocaust and their outlooks on life – all 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 having a genuine lifelike conversation.
Yvonne’s biography is currently being trained to respond to audience questions. This means you can talk to it and see Yvonne reply as though a real Holocaust survivor is actually sitting right in front of you, sharing her stories of history, hope, and resilience.
What have you always wanted to ask a Holocaust survivor? Now’s your chance to ask Yvonne. Simply ask your question and watch as the interactive technology answers you in real time.
Join a session
We’re offering exclusive access to see and interact with interactive Holocaust survivor biographies, guided by our volunteers and museum educators.
- 11.15am, Monday to Thursday
- 11am and 1pm on Sundays
Attending this hour-long session is included in the price of admission. Simply let us know you’ll be joining us upon arrival at the Museum on the day.
Be guided by the voices of history
Listen to the voices of history on your own device as you move through our Holocaust exhibition, with the SJM Voices app. This custom-curated app draws on a rich repository of survivor testimony, stories from perpetrators, witnesses, and experts, to deliver a personal and multi-perspective insight into this turbulent period of history.
For more information and to download the app before your visit, click here.