The CBC has a great article about the race against time to capture interactive holograms of holocaust survivors so that they can testify to future generations. The University of Southern California’s Shoah Foundation, established by filmmaker Steven Spielberg, is dedicated to preserving the stories of the victims of the Holocaust and other genocides. The organization has been working on a series of interactive two- and three-dimensional testimonies of survivors.
87-year-old Pinchas Gutter Holocaust was just 10 when the Nazis killed his parents and his twin sister in a single day, leaving him alone in the Majdanek concentration camp. Gutter was the first of 22 Holocaust survivors so far to sit down for the Shoah Foundation’s “Dimensions in Testimony.”
Recording the three-dimensional volumetric video meant Gutter had to sit still, for hours at a time, as more than 100 cameras recorded multiple angles.
Gutter’s testimony is interactive; during the recording, he answered over 1,000 questions museum visitors might have. They ranged from simple: “What is your favorite color?” to more complicated, like “How did you rebuild your life after the war?”