Dimensions in Testimony

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HUMANITY MEETS TECHNOLOGY

USC Shoah Foundation’s Dimensions in Testimony enables people to ask questions that prompt real-time responses from pre- recorded video interviews with Holocaust survivors and other witnesses to genocide. The pioneering project integrates advanced filming techniques, specialized display technologies and nextgeneration natural language processing to create an interactive biography. Now and far into the future, museum-goers, students and others can have conversational interactions with these eyewitnesses to history to learn from those who were there.

A PERSONAL CONNECTION BETWEEN AUDIENCE AND SURVIVOR

Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss (above) was one of 19 people so far to give a Dimensions in Testimony interview. Usability studies in museum settings have yielded convincing evidence that Dimensions in Testimony is a powerful and intimate way to engage audiences in testimony.

Engaging

98%

of museum visitors and staff agree that the installation kept their attention.
Emotional

97%

of museum visitors and staff agree that the technology helped them to connect to the witness’s story.
Inspiring

96%

of museum visitors and staff agree Dimensions in Testimony will have a positive impact on them.

Collaborating within the project are Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, with technology by USC Institute for Creative Technologies, and concept by Conscience Display. Funding for Dimensions in Testimony was provided in part by Pears Foundation, Louis. F. Smith, Melinda Goldrich and Andrea Cayton/Goldrich Family Foundation in honor of Jona Goldrich, Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, and Genesis Philanthropy Group (R.A.). Other partners include CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center.

IN THE PRESS

Steven Spielberg on Storytelling’s Power to Fight Hate, New York Times

Shoah Foundation is using technology to preserve Holocaust survivor stories, CNN

Are Holograms the Future of How We Capture Memories?, The Verge

A Nanjing Massacre survivor’s story lives on digitally, Engadget

The Remembering Machine, New York Times

For more information, contact Rob Kuznia at rkuznia@usc.edu.

More Information About Dimensions in Testimony

“I found the interview to be amazing!  I felt like someone who’d never seen a plane, but now watched one land and a human being step out of it.”

Berel Lang
Prof. of Philosophy Emeritus, State University at Albany
Author, “Act and Idea in the Nazi Genocide”