Future Memory

The Future Memory Foundation seeks to conserve and present the history of Nazi crimes and the Holocaust in the service of education and reflection on the past, present, and future of the human condition. We believe that now that we are entering the post witness era we have to resort to advanced technologies such as Virtual and Augmented Reality to make the sites themselves become the portal to the historical sources. This approach is based on a scientifically grounded view of human memory and experience” Manifesto Saving the Past Shaping the Future

Saving the Past – Shaping the Future
The Future Memory foundation is an initiative to preserve, present and project the history of Nazi crimes and the Holocaust through the sites of the European landscape of terror. Read more on our mission statement here.

2020 – Remote access landscape guide for Bergen-Belsen

Due to the Covid19 lockdown, the 2020 Bergen-Belsen international summer school had to take place remotely. This accelerated the development of a fully remote landscape explorer for iPad and desktop for the students, dubbed the Virtual Visit app. The included virtual reconstruction spans the entire 25km2 historical area in the state of 1944, combining the new higher-resolution version of the concentration camp with the visualisation of the military garrison, hospital and train platform areas.

Screenshot of the Virtual Visit app showing barracks in the concentration camp area.

2019 – digital reconstruction and AR landscape guide at the Falstad Centre

The Falstad centre is one of the seven national human rights centres in Norway and it is a museum, a memorial and an educational centre where activities on human rights and democracy based upon its history as a prison camp from World War II are offered every year to thousands of students ranging from 15-18 years.

The SS Strafgefangenenlager Falstad was established in 1941, and until liberation on seven May 1945, more than 4300 political prisoners, Jews, Soviet and Yugoslavian slave labourers were imprisoned at what was the only SS operated camp in Norway. More than 200 prisoners were executed in the Falstad forest, located 1 km from the campsite. Before the establishment of the Strafgefangenenlager in 1941, the main building was a reformative school for boys, including a special facility for convicted youth. Immediately after the liberation, the Innherrad collaborator camp was established at Falstad, with over 3000 convicted collaborators serving their sentence in the same buildings that once housed the prisoners of the Nazi regime.” read more here

As members of the EU-funded HERA research project IC_ACCESS: Inclusive strategies for European conflicted pasts, the Falstad centre, and the SPECS research group, at the Institute of Science and Technology IBEC) agreed to jointly develop the Future Memory App of SS Strafgefangenenlager Falstad 1945, targeted towards students, visitors and educational programs as well as museum visitors to the memorial. In addition, Eodyne Systems s.l. took charge of the technical realization of the FMA which was launched in the summer of 2018 and used daily ever since.

2019 – Virtual Panorama at the Hollandsche Schouwburg, Amsterdam 

In January 2019 the immersive future memory installation presenting the history of the Bergen Belsen concentration camp was opened in the Hollandsche Schouwburg in Amsterdam the Netherlands. The content of the exhibition was co-developed with the Jewish Historical Museum of Amsterdam and the Bergen Belsen Memorial. It is part of three installations that serve as an initial test for the Dutch National Holocaust Museum to be opened in 2020. The Hollandsche Schouwburg was used in 1942 and 1943 by the German occupiers of the Netherlands as a deportation center for about 70000 Jews of which only a few thousand have returned in 1945.

2019 – Virtual reconstruction of Jasenovac

As part of the European research project iC-ACCESS, the former Ustasha concentration camp and killing site Jasenovac III, “Brickworks” was virtually reconstructed and made accessible via an AR landscape guide and video (on-site). Of this camp, originally a brick factory on the side of the Sava river that today divides Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina, no ruins or other historical traces remain, other than the memorial landscape designed and placed in the 1960ies. The project is an ongoing collaboration between the Jasenovac Memorial, the SPECS research group, Eodyne Systems. and FMF.

The virtual reconstruction is interpreted from historical data provided by several research institutional sources and historians in Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia and others.

2018 – Falstad (Norway)

The Future Memory app for the Falstad memorial was launched in June 2018. It presents the visitor with a virtual reconstruction of the former concentration camp together with a multi-modal presentation of its history and the experiences of its prisoners. The visualisation offers a high level of detail in colour. The virtual buildings can be entered but no interiors were modelled.

Falstad Digital Reconstruction and V/AR guide, 2018.

Visitors can experience
The video shows in detail how the app can be used and what the visitors can experience. Falstad was the only SS concentration camp in Norway and is located northeast of Trondheim.

2016 – Euronews covers the FMF apps at Bergen-Belsen 

2015 – Virtual Panorama of the Bergen Belsen camp 

The installation was opened to the public at the Wiener Library, London from April – October 2015.

Overview of the virtual panorama place at the Wiener Library, 2015.

2014 – The Bergen-Belsen AR Landscape guide

The first release of the landscape guide in May 2014. Since, the app has been used with organised visitor groups such as school classes.