27 January 2021 // News

Holocaust & Humanity Center Adds New Exhibit

The Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, located in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA, is proud to announce the opening of a new exhibit that utilizes artificial intelligence technology to facilitate “virtual conversations” with Holocaust survivors.

Using specialized recording and display technologies and next-generation natural language processing, Dimensions in Testimony allows visitors to ask two-dimensional displays of Holocaust survivors questions and receive responses in real time.

Dimensions in Testimony is on exhibit in only seven other museums in the world. Opening to the public on February 5, the exhibit experience – sponsored by the Harold C. Schott Foundation – is included as part of general admission to the Holocaust & Humanity Center’s museum at Cincinnati’s Union Terminal.

“Sadly, we will soon reach a time where we can longer ask survivors about their firsthand accounts of the Holocaust,” said Sarah L. Weiss, chief executive officer of the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center. “The new exhibit ensures that future generations will still be able to have conversations with and learn from survivors.”

The museum will celebrate the opening with a digital ribbon-cutting ceremony on February 4, at 4 p.m. EST, via Zoom. The program will include remarks from Sarah L. Weiss, chief executive officer of the Nancy & David Wolf Holocaust & Humanity Center, in addition to a conversation with Fritzie Fritzshall, a Holocaust survivor and president of the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, whose recorded testimony is included in the Dimensions in Testimony exhibit. There will also be a demonstration of the technology.

With a two-dimensional display of pre-recorded interviews of Holocaust survivors, the Dimensions in Testimony system transforms questions into search terms. The system then matches the search terms to the most appropriate interviewee response to your question and plays back the associated video clip, resulting in a conversational-like experience.

Dimensions in Testimony is an initiative by USC Shoah Foundation to record and display testimony in a way that will preserve the dialogue between Holocaust survivors and learners far into the future. 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, and Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center. Other partners include CANDLES Holocaust Museum and Education Center. 

Ensuring that the experience was integrated into the museum, HHC partnered again with JRA and solicited Turner Construction Company as the general contractor on the project. 

Learn more about the exhibit at Union Terminal.