As time diminishes the voices of the last living survivors, it is imperative that we find innovate solutions to educate about the Holocaust. An interactive app specifically developed with content for the Holocaust Memorial Plaza will allow visitors using a mobile device to connect to video testimonials of Holocaust survivors and witnesses. The videos will draw from the USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive that has over 54,000 eyewitness accounts of the Holocaust, along with photos, documents, maps and other educational materials.
The app will personalize its content in real time for each visitor, based upon their native language, place of origin, and other customizable information. By establishing personal connections between the park’s visitors and Holocaust survivors through place, language, and culture, people will not only be able to grasp the gravitas of the Holocaust, but will be also be inspired to think critically and empathetically about our present and future.
The app will activate as a visitor moves through the Plaza and will provide context and explanation of the site’s interpretive elements to support learning.