As every year, on January 27, the International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust and Heroism is celebrated all over the world and in Israel.
The number of Holocaust survivors living with us is is decreasing year by year, and the desire to present the stories of these extraordinary, courageous people as tangibly as possible on a wide stage becomes decisive.
A new community initiative called Live Forever uses cutting-edge technology to create innovative holograms of Holocaust survivors that will tell their stories. history, breathe life into them and preserve the memory for many years to come.
The Yad Ezer LaHaver Association project, in collaboration with social entrepreneur Yaarit Shoshan, combines technology and Holocaust memory and uploads numbers and testimonies of Holocaust survivors onto huge holograms to be projected onto buildings in major cities, including Tel Aviv. City Hall in Haifa and other places.
93-year-old Holocaust survivor Yehudit Hershkowitz is one of the protagonists of the holograms in a project that aims to raise funds to produce 30 additional holograms that tell the story of 30 Holocaust survivors. The cost of producing one hologram is about NIS 50,000.
In addition to being shown in major cities, holograms of Holocaust survivors will be on display over the next month at the Holocaust Museum of the Yad Ezer LaHaver organization, which was established to preserve the history of the Jewish people during and in memory of the Holocaust.
Shimon Sabag, CEO of Yad Ezer LaHaver says: “This is a non-profit social project, funding sources are very limited, and with the help of holograms we make Holocaust survivors “live forever” and tell their story to future generations.
Our goal — take as many photos as possible and save time because the hourglass is running out and soon there won't be any Holocaust survivors left to tell their story.
It is impossible to remain indifferent to the testimony of Holocaust survivors. They experienced the atrocities of the Nazis first hand and remind us why and thanks to whom we are here today. What is sad is that they are becoming less and less.
Those who live among us today were toddlers or teenagers during the Holocaust,” — adds Sabug.
Yaarit Shoshan-Sabag, Social Entrepreneur: “With a unique technology that allows us to photograph Holocaust survivors with multiple cameras, we were able to create a holographic image using image processing and artificial intelligence.”
< strong>About the project partners:
Yad Ezer LaHaver – A warm home for Holocaust survivors was founded in 1995 amid a difficult economic and social status of Holocaust survivors.
Today, the association manages Kiryat Hesed La Tiferet, home to a large number of Holocaust survivors who previously lived below the poverty line.
In addition, the association distributes hundreds of hot meals every day to Holocaust survivors through a special facility built 30 years ago.
Social entrepreneur Yaarit Shoshan, owner of a social advertising agency: THE BRAND HOUSE specializes on the creation and management of public campaigns. The task of the social department in the office is to help and raise awareness of important issues in society by giving them wide coverage in the media until they are accepted in the Knesset.
< br /> Leading campaigns include: The Lone Soldiers Campaign – building a coalition to pass the Lone Soldiers Act. Children with special needs, silent childbirth, post-traumatic campaign, battle shock and the recent “Be a Witness” campaign.
Raising awareness of violence among women.
Yad Ezer help a friend. Phone: * 8602
For more information: Roni Hersh: 050-836-1777 , Idan Betz – 054-6255033
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