Given that the last survivors who have experienced the horrors of National Socialism firsthand are already in their old age, the short film “Ernst Grube – The Legacy” is committed to the preservation of these voices. With the technology of volumetric video, the memories of Holocaust survivor Ernst Grube were captured for future generations. In the Volucap volumetric studios, the Jewish eyewitness recounts his experiences in National Socialist Germany and his captivity in the concentration camp Theresienstadt. Volucap creates a lifelike three-dimensional image of the poignant eyewitness account, which can be integrated directly into a virtual world. This “walk-in movie” illustrates a contemporary document in an unprecedented way. In particular, younger generations, to whom the events of National Socialism seem to be far removed, will be able to vividly convey the topic as a virtual reality experience. “Ernst Grube – The Legacy” thus sets a new milestone in the documentation of a central chapter of German history and makes a valuable contribution to German and European memory culture.
The project is a cooperation between UFA, under the direction of UFA Technology Director and Producer Ernst Feiler and UFA SHOW & FACTUAL Producer Philipp Grieß, and the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI.