The Future Memory Foundation (FMF) was started as the basis from which the Future Memory paradigm can be applied to the conservation and presentation of the memory of Nazi Crimes and Holocaust.
The initiative to form FMF was taken by Prof. Paul Verschure, a psychologist and director of the SPECS lab. at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, with Prof. Habbo Knoch, historian of the University of Cologne – previously director of the Foundation of the Memorial Sites of Lower Saxsony . With bringing together their expertise, building on their collaboration in developing “Here: Space of Memory” a novel 3D interactive installation for the Memorial centre of Bergen Belsen, they wished to advance a new approach to represent and preserve the memory of the core sites that define the Holocaust in Europe.
This new advanced appproach is Future Memory. It combines virtual and augmented reality with integrated databases of graphical reconstructions and historical sources to allow us to actively explore and try to comprehend the incomprehensible: the massive scale of the crimes Nazi Germany perpetrated on the world and the depth of the destruction and suffering it caused.
The SPECS research group has been pioneering this approach over the last 15 years and grounded it in its fundamental research in psychology and neuroscience. In close collaboration with the Bergen-Belsen memorial site this paradigm has been elaborated to conserve and present the history of the Bergen Belsen concentration camp.
see the implementation of the Future Memory approach @ Memory in the digital age