The Times of Israel: At Westerbork, virtual reality simulations.

At Westerbork, Netherlands ” With almost nothing remaining of the former Nazi transit camp Westerbork, visitors are turning to a simulation that “recreates” the site of Holocaust-era incarceration using virtual reality

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Westerbork exhibition

Westerbork, virtual reality simulations ‘recreate’ the Nazi transit camp.

HERA iC-ACCESS exhibition: 3D reconstruction of the Westerbork camp

On the 75th commemoration of the transports that left from Westerbork to Bergen Belsen, the iC-ACCESS team (SPECS-lab, UvA) together with Memorial Kamp Westerbork opened a VR interactive installation that grasps the dynamics and memory of the two former camps.

Besides the 3D reconstruction of the Westerbork camp, the VR installation allows the visitors to consult, in parallel, a 3D model already developed for the Bergen-Belsen memorial (developed by SPECS Barcelona in cooperation with GBB).

Westerbork 3D installation

iC-Access: Accessing campscapes

iC-access is a HERA funded project (2016-2019 Humanities European Research Area) meant to open global reflections on the past towards a more inclusive awareness of interdependencies, exchanges and communication of historical interpretations and memorial practices in the 20th century. see more at

The consortium members are:

  • University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Germany
  • Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway
  • Staffordshire University, United Kingdom
  • University of West-Bohemia, Czech Republic
  • Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona, Spain


Future Memory interactive App in Catalan TV3

The Future Memory App, for the reconstruction of the Bergen Belsen concentration camp, received some attention by the catalan media and was broadcast today by the catalan television TV3.

In the video, Paul Verschure, ICREA professor and director of the SPECS group at UPF, shows how the Future Memory app is used at the location where the Bergen Belsen camp once stood before it was burned down in 1945 (because of the typhus epidemic) by the English troops just shortly after its liberation (15th of April 1945).

EuroNews: Future Memory Educational App

Future Memory deals with the conservation of European history and identity. In this context and in collaboration with the research group SPECS we are promoting the development of educational paradigms for learning history using digital and interactive technology. see

EuroNews has recently visited us to understand how a scientific and technological approach has helped to develop a tablet application that uses geo-localisation together with virtual and augmented reality to recreate in 3D the Bergen Belsen concentration camp.  The same concept and technology will be used to reconstruct other concentration camps that were build by the Nazi Germany throughout the territories it controlled.

For more insights on Cultural Heritage and the Future Memory project see the blog by Paul Verschure

Here Space of Memory: Conserving, Presenting and Elaborating the Memory of the Holocaust and Nazi crimes originally published by the European Commission blog, DAE, on 21/03/2016 and by the CSN blog on 23/03/2016

This work was partially supported via the EU project CEEDS

Next­gen technology greatest hope for Holocaust commemoration?

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The Israeli i24 news  reports on SPECS’s science-based technology used to developed a tablet app with the 3D reconstruction of the Bergen Belsen concentration camp.

We are facing a memory crisis,” warns Prof. Paul Verschure, co­founder of the Future Memory Foundation, which tackles this problem. “Not only that the living memory is disappearing, we are also seeing how limited is the commemoration process we have built over the last 70 years. The goal was to help us learn from our past and to better our society, but it’s clearly not working.”

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Here Space of Memory: Blog by Paul Verschure

1389.2 Holocaust B“Wir wissen nur dass wenn wir hier rauskommen, das wir alles dass wir hier erlebt haben in die Welt hinaus schreien müssen, anders kann man nicht leben”

“We only know that when we get out of here, we must shout out into the world about everything that we have experienced here. Otherwise one cannot live.”

These are the words of Charlotte Grunow recorded on April 20, 1945 by BBC reporter Patrick Gordon Walker.

photo: Soon after liberation, camp survivors await their ration of potato soup. Bergen-Belsen, Germany, April 28, 1945. US Holocaust Memorial Museum

Read more at Here Space of Memory: Conserving, Presenting and Elaborating the Memory of the Holocaust and Nazi crimes

Blog by Paul Verschure, published by the European Commission blog, DAE