Project Empathy's aim is to make the world understand the horrors of racism and antisemitism. The project is made up of two aspects, a remastering of original footage of the concentration camps to full-colour HD, and a Virtual Reality Experience.
The plight of the victims of concentration camps during World War 2 should never be forgotten. However, with everything else going on in the modern world, many people don't understand or know much about that horrible time in human history. Of course, people do visit the remains of the camps to this day, but not everyone is capable of doing so. Project Empathy will be intended to be an educational experience, developed in UE4, with VR as the primary platform, available for free, worldwide.
We are producing a Virtual Reality experience collaborating with a group of people who are experts in VR simulation and other media, to experience the brutal realities of a Nazi Concentration Camp. The idea is so people can understand the horror as close to first hand as possible without actually being there. The VR user will be a passive observer seeing the inhumanity of the camps, they can look at objects which have connections and stories to real people. The team has discussed creating the VR experience to be as photo-realistic as possible.
Why are you doing this project?
Not everyone has the chance to visit the concentration camps. Most of the camps were also destroyed after the war. Even if people can visit the camps, it can be hard to empathise with the reality of someone living in the camp. The aim of the project is to give people as close to the first-hand experience as possible of the conditions that people experienced in the camps.
Where are the Nazi concentration camps?
The concentration camps were built throughout occupied Europe, the first camp built was Dachau in Germany. When the death camps were later built they were in eastern Europe.
Can you visit the Nazi concentration Camps?
You can visit many concentration camps, the most famous being Auschwitz in Poland. However, not everyone is able to visit the camps which is why we are remastering the original footage as well as creating a virtual reality recreation of the camps so that people who are not able to travel in person can still experience the reality of the camps.
How many Nazi concentration camps are there?
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has estimated 15 to 20 million people were imprisoned in 42,500 camps and ghettos, most Nazi concentration and extermination camps were destroyed after the war.
How did holocaust survivors survive?
Holocaust survivors endured brutal conditions and some only survived by extreme luck. The ones who did survive were found in the most awful conditions, close to the point of dying from starvation, malnutrition and disease.
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