The last survivors who have experienced the horrors of National Socialism firsthand are already in their old age. The short film “Ernst Grube – The Legacy” is committed to the preservation of these voices. With the technology of volumetric video, the memories of Holocaust survivor Ernst Grube were captured for future generations. The Jewish eyewitness reported in the volcanic studio of Volucap GmbH of his experiences in National Socialist Germany and his captivity in the concentration camp Theresienstadt. Volucap creates a lifelike three-dimensional image of the poignant eyewitness account, which can be integrated directly into a virtual world. This “walk-in movie” illustrates a contemporary document in an unprecedented way. In particular, younger generations, to whom the events of National Socialism seem to be far removed, will be able to vividly convey the topic as a virtual reality experience. “Ernst Grube – The Legacy” thus sets a new milestone in the documentation of a central chapter of German history and thus makes a valuable contribution to German and European memory culture.
The project is a cooperation between UFA, under the direction of UFA Technology Director and Producer Ernst Feiler and UFA SHOW & FACTUAL Producer Philipp Grieß, and the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute HHI. Oliver Schreer is responsible for the technical side of the project.
It is an important signal that we are implementing a contemporary witness interview with the Holocaust survivor Ernst Grube for our first documentary VR project. As media professionals, we have a special responsibility towards society and the German culture of remembrance. With the younger generation, we are specifically looking for the substantive argument by Ernst Grube is interviewed by a 16-year-old student. I am pleased that UFA can realize this important project with the aid of VR technology and in technical cooperation with the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute.