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Students talk with real Holocaust survivors via AI education resource

The stories of real Holocaust survivors have been immortalised in a new education resource for secondary students using artificial intelligence and virtual reality technology.
Legacy: Students from Sacred Heart Catholic School interact with the Testimony 360 resource and the AI-powered representation of Holocaust survivor Manfred Goldberg (all images: Holocaust Educational Trust)

The Testimony 360 programme has been unveiled by the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) and is intended to support the national curriculum for students aged 13 to 18.

Most Holocaust survivors are now in their 80s and 90s and the project will allow students to continue to have conversations with them for generations to come.

The technology was launched by the charity this week at Sacred Heart Catholic School in south London and it is now available free of charge to all British schools.

It has been created using special “depth” cameras and real-time AI search technology to give students the experience of coming “face-to-face” with Holocaust survivors and having “natural language" conversations with them.

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