New technology allows Holocaust survivors to answer the questions of future generations

Interactive exhibit provides an interactive experience
Holocaust survivor Pinchas Gutter is filmed answering more than 1,500 questions about his experience for a fully interactive exhibit. (USC Shoah Foundation)
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This segment originally aired in May, 2018.


Over the decades, there have been numerous attempts to document the experiences of Holocaust survivors.

Documentary maker Sarah Melton (Sarah Melton)

Now, an exhibition called New Dimensions in Testimony, put on by the University of Southern California's Shoah Foundation, using specialized display technologies and natural-language processing, is making it possible for visitors to interact with videos of survivors.

Using dozens of cameras, survivors like Pinchas Gutter, were recorded answering more than 1,500 possible questions. The result is a three-dimensional video of Gutter that is able to interact, in real time, with visitors to the exhibit.

In this documentary, Spark contributor Sarah Melton went to the exhibit, currently at the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto and spoke to both the digital and real Pinchas Gutter.

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