CHICAGO, Dec. 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- With the opening of its new multi-million-dollar Take a Stand Center, Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center is the first in the world to employ groundbreaking, interactive, three-dimensional technology to tell Holocaust Survivor stories in an incredibly life-like way in the 66-seat Abe & Ida Cooper Survivor Stories Experience.
The technology, developed by USC Shoah Foundation's New Dimensions in Testimony program, combines high-definition holographic interview recordings and voice recognition technology to enable 13 Survivors from around the world to tell their deeply moving personal stories and then respond to questions from the audience, inviting one-on-one 'conversation' that evokes laughter, tears and frequently gasps from those in attendance.
The 4,000-square-foot Take a Stand Center also showcases multiple areas of social justice. Its Goodman Upstander Gallery takes visitors on an interactive exploration of 40 historical and contemporary Upstanders (vs. bystanders) who have fought against injustice and stood up for worthy causes, from education and equal rights to economic opportunities, safe communities, health and the environment. The Take a Stand Lab puts the power of change in visitors' hands, enabling them to make a difference in their area of passion, while the Act of Art Gallery highlights fine art and photography as another form of social action and activism.
"Illinois Holocaust Museum's mission and message against hatred and intolerance are as relevant and vital today as they have ever been," said Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. "I am confident this center will empower and encourage more courageous people around the world to stand up and speak out against racism, anti-Semitism, xenophobia and bigotry in all its ugly forms."
Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center, located at 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL, honors the Survivors and victims of the Holocaust and transforms history into current, relevant, and universal lessons in humanity. Through world-class exhibitions and programs, the Museum inspires individuals and organizations and provides a universal wake-up call to action: Take history to heart. Take a stand for humanity. Learn more at www.takeastandcenter.org.
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