The Andrews Labor Government is supporting the development of a new virtual reality exhibition that tells the stories of survivors of the Holocaust.
Premier Daniel Andrews announced a $30,000 contribution for Melbourne’s Jewish Holocaust Centre to develop the new exhibition during a visit to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem today.
The ‘Walk with a Survivor’ exhibition will see a virtual reality film crew accompanying Holocaust survivors on their return to Europe and the Holocaust sites, capturing their stories on camera.
The virtual reality technology allows for materials such as photos, films and documents to be incorporated into the exhibition as part of an intimate viewing experience that allows people to hear directly from survivors.
This helps ensure the legacy and testimony of Holocaust survivors is recorded and maintained for generations to come.
The Jewish Holocaust Centre has a long history of collaboration with Yad Vashem, with the Jewish Holocaust Centre presenting four touring exhibitions from Yad Vashem and coordinating staff, volunteers and research visits to Yad Vashem.
Earlier this year the Labor Government provided $750,000 towards the redevelopment of the Jewish Holocaust Centre. The much-needed redevelopment will mean more students and members of the public can visit and learn about the horrors of the Holocaust.
‘Walk with a Survivor’ will be available to the public during redevelopment and as part of a new permanent exhibition when the new redeveloped centre opens its doors in 2020.
Quotes attributable to Premier Daniel Andrews
“It was deeply moving to pay my respects at Yad Vashem today and to acknowledge the millions of people who lost their lives during the Holocaust.”
“So many of the men, women and children who survived the unspeakable horrors of the Holocaust migrated to Australia. We have an obligation to our Jewish community to ensure their stories are told now and into the future.”
Quote attributable to Minister for Creative Industries Martin Foley
“Yad Vashem and Melbourne’s own Jewish Holocaust Centre have a long history of collaboration and we’re proud to be supporting the Jewish Holocaust Centre to continue to lead the world in sharing survivor stories.”