Steven Spielberg officially unveiled the Shoah Foundation’s digital library on Sunday night as part of the filmmaker’s six-year mission to educate the public about the Holocaust.
Encompassing videotaped testimony from more than 50,000 Holocaust survivors in 32 languages, the archive will be open and accessible to the public next April at Los Angeles’ Simon Wiesenthal Center.
“Our hope is that the archive will be a resource so enduring that 10, or 50, or even 100 years from now, people around the world will learn directly from survivors and witnesses about the atrocities of the Holocaust,” explained Spielberg, Shoah Foundation’s chair and founder.
Spielberg bowed the digital library system at the Universal Studios back lot, using technology provided by the Unisys Corp. Also lending a hand were Spielberg’s Shoah Foundation partners, tech consultant Arnold Spielberg, exec director Ari Zev and director of technology Sam Gustman.
Last April, the org released the educational CD-ROM “Survivors: Testimonies of the Holocaust.”