It may only be a few years more that Holocaust survivors are able to speak of the horrors they faced in person. The Forever Project aims to overcome this by recording high quality and interactive 3D films of their testimonies, allowing future generations to interact and learn of their experiences.
The National Holocaust Centre is host to the Forever Project and used National Lottery funding to test and film the project over a five day period with over 200 children as well as designers, educators and academics. It currently runs as part of a tour featuring real life survivors but will replace their testimony when they are no longer around. It is hoped that further survivors can be filmed in future.
Survivors feel the project is important because it had always been assumed that their children would pass on the stories but many did not share the pain and horror of their experiences with their families.
Steven Frank, a child held by the Nazis in Czechoslovakia, said:
"It's unbelievable that technology has got to this stage... We've heard people say 'Ah, well, we’ll get their children to tell their stories' but it's not the same. It has to come from the heart of the person who is telling the story."