A museum at Auschwitz – whose name is synonymous with some of the most atrocious horrors of World War II – has introduced multimedia elements to its memorials to better connect to its past.
Quick Response, or QR, bar codes compatible with mobile phones and tablets, have been placed on several site information boards. They are available in Polish, English and French.
Says Bartosz Bartyzel, museum press officer, “There are QR codes in some places we can scan and connect to a free WiFi network, which is shared by us. We can listen to accounts by former prisoners and, thanks to their voices, we can learn about their camp experiences and about what they went through in Auschwitz-Birkenau.”
While many films and books centred around Auschwitz have been produced, it is believed that having a virtual encounter with a former prisoner will contribute to a richer experience.
Organisers think that with the help of technology, tourists will be able to better explore and interpret the museum, particularly the younger visitors, allowing them to learn about Auschwitz history in a modern way.
Said a visitor: “The access to young people’s minds could be, could be better like that. I don’t know how they think, you know, but it’s worth trying, definitely.”
The project is the initiative of the French Union of Auschwitz Deportees.
The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum is visited annually by 1.5 million people.
Over 1 million inmates were killed at the concentration camps.