Virtual reality brings holocaust history to the classroom

Students at McCutcheon High School were able to learn about Eva Kor and her time at Auschwitz thanks to a virtual reality documentary created by a Hoosier filmmaker.

Posted: Feb 5, 2020 12:05 AM
Updated: Feb 5, 2020 8:49 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Holocaust survivor Eva Kor's legacy is being kept alive with the help of a Hoosier filmmaker.

Ted Green created the Eva Virtual Reality Tour, a documentary that takes viewers to Auschwitz alongside Kor.

The virtual reality documentary gives viewers a 360 look inside Auschwitz.

"It takes people three dimensionally, so they really feel like they are there, to the four places that were most central to Eva's experience at the camp," said Green.

These locations include the housing barracks and the 'blood lab,' where experiments were conducted on Kor and her twin sister.

Green said he wanted to help spread Kor's message of empathy, courage and forgiveness.

"She found a way to relate to young people and inspire them more than anyone I've ever met. And she took the messages that she learned and she relates them to kids today," said Green.

McCutcheon student Dontanaja Watson said the film gave her a deeper understanding of Kor and the past.

"Being able to put my hands out and "oh this is what happened, this is how it looks," I feel like it's easier to teach and you understand it more," said Watson.

Senior Gavin Jenkinson said it's important to remember this part of history.

"It reminded me of a lot and it's something that people need to know about more. It's something that needs to be spread more," said Jenkinson.

Green said he hopes to continue to share Kor's story with students across the state.

"Even though it's only about a fifteen minute program, they walk away feeling a little bit different than they did by reading a book or by seeing the film," said Green.

More information about the virtual tour can be found here.

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