The galleries span two floors at the Museum and complement each other by making clear the connection between the events of the Holocaust and the wider course of the Second World War.
The Second World War Gallery on level 1 occupies 1800 square meters across six spaces. An immersive soundscape, special audio effects, architectural-scale projection and interactive exhibits evoke the sounds and sights of global warfare in a compelling multi-sensory experience.
Large-scale projection in one gallery fills three walls with contemporary images of war locations, with powerful ‘battleground’ audio contrasting with the tranquil scenes. In another gallery, an overhead LED display of fighter planes and sound effects recreate the aerial combat of the Battle of Britain and the Blitz.
The Holocaust Gallery on level 2 incorporates archive film footage, video displays and personal audio anecdotes to build a powerful, emotional environment that darkens as the timeline moves onwards. Slim life-size glass ‘totems’ relate the stories of individuals who endured the Holocaust, while a motion graphics map demonstrates the scale of Jewish deportation. Sensitive soundscapes designed by Idee und Klang complement the dramatic images.
Throughout the two galleries innovative technology supports a new interpretative approach that aims to engage a contemporary audience and preserve the stories for future generations.