Project Description

ERNST GRUBE

THE LEGACY

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.

The last survivors who experienced the horrors of National Socialism firsthand are already in old age. Using volumetric video technology, the memories of Holocaust survivor Ernst Grube are being recorded for future generations. This is thus the first volumetrically recorded conversation with the Holocaust survivor and is also the longest volumetric VR experience to date. The project “ERNST GRUBE – DAS VERMÄCHTNIS” is produced by UFA and funded by Medienboard.

It is an important signal that we are implementing a contemporary witness interview with the Holocaust survivor Ernst Grube for our first documentary VR project. As media professionals, we have a special responsibility towards society and the German culture of remembrance. With the younger generation, we are specifically looking for the substantive argument by Ernst Grube is interviewed by a 16-year-old student. I am pleased that UFA can realize this important project with the aid of VR technology and in technical cooperation with the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute.

Nico Hofmann, CEO UFA, UFA

With the thematization of the Holocaust using new forms of media representation, this VR project makes an important contribution to the German and European culture of remembrance.

Jörg Steinbach, Minister of Economics, SPD

PRODUCER

UFA

YEAR

2019

DURATION

15 min

CONTENT

Virtual Reality

PARTNER

HHI

CONTENT

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KEEP MEMORIES ALIVE

The Jewish contemporary witness talks about his experience in Nazi Germany and his imprisonment in the concentration camp Theresienstadt.

PRESERVING THE PAST

This “walk-in” film illustrates a contemporary document in an unprecedented way.

One of the long-term goals of the project is the establishment of VR/ AR applications of this types part of an educational program.

The last survivors who have experienced the horrors of National Socialism are in old age. The “Zeitzeugen” project is committed to preserving their voices. With the technology of volumetric video, the memories of the Holocaust survivors are captured for future generations.