Switzerland to launch Holocaust remembrance app
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Switzerland to launch Holocaust remembrance app

'Escaping the Holocaust' will use virtual reality to teach users that the WWII genocide was 'about people,' not numbers

Holocaust survivors walk with others through the main gate of the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz in Poland, on January 27, 2016, the 71st anniversary of the death camp's liberation by the Soviet Red Army in 1945. (AP/Czarek Sokolowski)
Holocaust survivors walk with others through the main gate of the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz in Poland, on January 27, 2016, the 71st anniversary of the death camp's liberation by the Soviet Red Army in 1945. (AP/Czarek Sokolowski)

BERLIN — A new app to teach youth about the Holocaust will be a centerpiece of Switzerland’s chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance.

Switzerland took over the rotating chairmanship of the 31-member inter-governmental group on March 7 from Romania.

The app, called Fliehen vor dem Holocaust, or Escaping the Holocaust, allows users to learn about the fate of four individuals using multimedia tools.

Educators must take on “the challenge of virtual reality” so youth will grasp that “we are speaking about people,” not merely about numbers, Benno Bättig, secretary-general of Switzerland’s Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, said in a ceremony at the Swiss embassy in Berlin.

Founded in 1998, the alliance aims to unite political and social leaders behind the need for Holocaust education, remembrance and research.

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