RAMAT GAN, Israel (AP) — The world’s community of aging Holocaust survivors is rapidly shrinking, and their live testimonies are soon to be a thing of the past.
But Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial is preparing for a world without them.
Its “Gathering the Fragments” program has collected some 250,000 items from survivors to be stored for posterity and displayed online to preserve the memory of the 6 million Jews killed by the Nazis, even after the last of the survivors has passed away.
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Copious video testimonies have been filmed and even holograms have been produced to try to recreate the powerful impact of a survivor’s recollection. And this year, an Instagram account was created based on the real-life journal of a teenage Jewish victim to make her story more accessible to a younger generation.
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