The University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies (ICT) has developed a projector system that is allowing for the displaying of 3D holograms of Holocaust survivors telling their stories of World War II, to make sure that there is first-hand documentation of their experiences.

The ICT has worked with a number of survivors and specially recorded them while they have been telling their tales. These recordings have been able to be transformed into 3D projections that will live on in special exhibits long after the storytellers have passed away.

The initiative, known as New Dimensions in Testimony, is the product of work by the ICT in collaboration with the USC Shoah Foundation Institute and design firm, Conscience Display.

ICT and associate director of graphics research, Paul Debevec, explained: “The effect that it gives is a lot more that that person is there in the room with you than that person was filmed some time ago somewhere else.

“I think it’s going to be considerably more engaging and immersive and moving than if they’re just up there on a video screen.”

The survivors have been recorded on multiple cameras in front of green screens and the USC team is already working on enhanced technology that will improve spatial and angular fidelity compared to how they are being recorded now.