LESSONS OF AUSCHWITZ: VR TRIBUTE BY SCHOOL STUDENTS

Short List
TitleLESSONS OF AUSCHWITZ: VR TRIBUTE BY SCHOOL STUDENTS
BrandRT
Category A03. Video / Moving Image
Product/ServiceONLINE FILM
Entrant RT Moscow, RUSSIA
Idea Creation RT Moscow, RUSSIA
Media Placement RT Moscow, RUSSIA
Production PHYGITALISM Moscow, RUSSIA
Credits
Name Company Position
Kirill Karnovich-Valua RT Creative Director
Denis Semionov Sa1nt Denis Digital Artist
Ania Fedorova RT Producer
Elena Medvedeva RT Producer
Revaz Todua RT Designer
Eldar Salamov RT Producer
Peter Theremin Peter Theremin Music & Sound design
Gleb Burashov RT Strategist
Ivor Crotty RT Producer
Ivan Fursov RT Editor
Ilya Grachev RT Cameraman
Lilly Kazakova RT PR
Katya Motyakina RT Producer
Margo Tskhovrebova RT Administrative Manager
Valeria Fimina Phygitalism Project manager
Ivan Yunitsky Phygitalism Project Manager
Pavel Postnikov Phygitalism UI Designer
Ekaterina Sidorova Phygitalism 3D artist
Vlad Krutenyuk Phygitalism 3D artist
Aleksandr Kryuchkov Phygitalism Developer
Aleksey Lushnikov Phygitalism Developer
Nikita Semionov School №548 School Student
Dima Kaderkaev School №548 School Student
Misha Borisov School №548 School Student
Vlad Sarychev School №548 School Student
Nata Makashvili School №548 School Student
Zhenya Timoshenkova School №548 School Student
Sasha Volkov School №548 School Student
Lera Agescheva School №548 School Student
Dima Sobaev School №548 School Student
Maria Doreuli Contrast Foundry Designer
Nikita Sapozhkov Contrast Foundry Designer
Liza Rasskazova Contrast Foundry Designer

Describe the creative idea

The Holocaust. One of the most inhumane events in history in which approximately 6 million Jews were deliberately and systematically exterminated during World War II by the nazis. The Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland and its endless barracks in ruins, remain one of the world’s most painful memorial sites and serve as a living reminder of what evil can look like. But as time passes, so do the Holocaust survivors - the voices of those who remember the atrocities are falling silent. The commemorative link between generations is dimming. Today, in a mostly digital world, it is important to restore the gap and keep younger generations interested in learning history. The victims’ stories of the Holocaust and horrors of Auschwitz are always with us, but must be retold by and for new generations.

Describe the execution

Visiting Auschwitz is a profound and deep rite of passage. To mark the 75th anniversary of its liberation we brought nine students from a Moscow high school - between 13 and 16 years old - to the Memorial in Poland to personally undergo this experience. After the trip, we asked them to express their reactions in VR under the creative guidance of Russia’s leading XR artist, Denis Semionov. “Lessons of Auschwitz” is a social experiment that aims to show how history can be retold and reimagined by younger generations through digital art. Using innovative XR film technology we aimed to create a new kind of commemorative tribute which will engage and touch younger viewers and inspire them to learn more about the Holocaust. The project unites history, teenagers’ personal emotions, the lament of a theremin and innovative immersive tech to create powerful, moving art that sustains historical memory in a digital world. A comprehensive six-month production lies behind the creation of this XR experience. In stage one, we decided to teach the students, who would eventually go to Poland and become prime-creators of this tribute, some historical background and organised a private tour to the Moscow Jewish Museum and a screening of Spielberg’s ‘Schindler's List’. The students used Tilt Brush to draw their 3D images and were filmed with volumetric video - a technique capturing three-dimensional space, allowing the images to be transformed directly into 3D where they would later react to sound waves.  The project features the unique #VictoryFont "May" which was created specially for the project - behind each character is a documented Reichstag inscription, hand-written by soldiers who conquered Berlin in 1945. “May” creates a narrative link between the past and the present, between the Victory heroes and us, the inheritors of their legacy.