New tech, 3-D holograms preserve Holocaust survivor stories

Updated 10/30/2017 8:26 AM

SKOKIE, Ill. -- An Illinois museum has opened a theater where visitors can have conversations with Holocaust survivors through 3-D holograms and sophisticated voice recognition technology.

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education in Skokie just outside Chicago opened the theater as part of its new Take a Stand Center.


Auschwitz survivor Fritzie Fritzshall says it's especially important to have her story preserved in the current political climate, with hate groups embracing Nazi slogans.

Fritzshall is one of 13 Holocaust survivors who tell their stories through holographic images.

On stage, Fritzshall's holographic image nods, tilts her head and appears to listen to questions. The technology not only supplies answers about her two years in Auschwitz, but if a child asks about her favorite color or food, the hologram can respond to that too.

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