Hitler Letter Exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance

AV Technology Delivers a Historical Letter in an Interactive Exhibit
Los Angeles, CA

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The Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles acquired an early letter written by Adolf Hitler calling for the elimination of the Jewish people. Written in September 1919, the only document personally signed by Hitler calls for “an anti-Semitism based on reason…[whose]…final aim, however must be the uncompromising removal of the Jews altogether.” Electrosonic created an interactive exhibit to present this letter, which is considered one of most important archival documents in the history of the Second World War.

Hitler Letter at the Museum of Tolerance

The four-page typewritten letter was purchased last spring by Rabbi Marvin Hier, founder and dean of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, who called the letter “the most significant ever acquired” by the Center. Electrosonic has been responsible for many exhibits and permanent installations since the Museum of Tolerance opened in 1993 as an educational arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center. For the Hitler Letter exhibit, Electrosonic sales consultant Les Hill and VP of Entertainment Chris Conte collaborated with Sue Burden, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Administrative Officer of the museum, to determine the best way to showcase the letter.

Hitler Letter at the Museum of Tolerance

In order to allow the guests to explore the letter in depth, Electrosonic recommended that a multi-touch surface be installed along with digital content generated from the letter. The artifact itself is housed in a wall-mounted glass display case along with a 65-inch LED touchscreen powered by CyberTouch. Museum visitors stand in front of the touchscreen to view content crafted by Cortina Productions, which allows them to virtually interact with the letter, reading it in the original German language or translated into English. A graphic image of a magnifying glass enlarges portions of the letter for easier inspection. Visitors can also access major milestones in the history of the Third Reich, as well as, news articles, maps and still photos, plus video clips about the acquisition of the letter in 2011.

Hitler Letter at the Museum of Tolerance

“The GUI can be operated by two users at the same time,” says Electrosonic project manager Guy Fronte. “In addition to the user mode for one or two visitors, there’s also a docent mode for museum docents making presentations to groups.”

Electrosonic provided a computer with a high graphics card as the interactive video source for the touchscreen display. A ceiling-mounted speaker array provides audio for the film clips and sound design elements for the interactivity. All vendors worked with the architect, Hansol Park, a Senior Associate with Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design.

“The Hitler letter exhibit has been a very successful attraction with visitors,” says Sue Burden. “Electrosonic was very professional to work with, as always; it’s a pleasure to do projects with them, and we keep asking them to do more and more things for us.”