Hologram technology preserving Holocaust survivor stories for future generations

Hologram technology preserving Holocaust survivor stories for future generations

BEACHWOOD, OH (WOIO) - New technology is preserving the stories of Holocaust survivors for future generations to come.

Many survivors are now in their 90s.

The Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage in Beachwood launched a hologram that has recorded the story of 92-year-old Stanley Bernath on Wednesday night.

Bernath's story will now live on forever, thanks to this amazing technology.

Stanley is from Romania. He was 18 when his life was changed forever.

Eleven million people died in the Holocaust, nearly six million of them were Jews.

Stanley has called the Cleveland area home since after the war.

He's the 15th survivor in the world to become a hologram biography as a part of the first-of-its-kind Holocaust Survivor Memory Project in Cleveland.

You can ask his hologram questions just like the audience did at Wednesday night's launch.

"It was the greatest experience of my life, really. It's very important, because I'm not going to be around forever, no survivors after so many years," Bernath said.

Hundreds of cameras set up in a dome recorded his story, with the museum's partner, the USC Shoah Foundation.

The hologram has been a year in the making.

"It was an unbelievable thing, sitting there for 10 one hour sessions. Not moving, over 11,000 lights," Bernath said.

Now Stanley spends his days telling his story and volunteering.

He loves to give back to the country that gave him a second chance at life, and the people of his community.

"It's the greatest feeling to help others. You know why? When we needed help, nobody helped us," he said.

Right now Stanley's hologram is in its test phase.

You can see it for yourself at the Maltz Museum starting July 24 from Tuesday through Friday and on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Copyright 2018 WOIO. All rights reserved.