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Author of Graphic Novel Memoir, Survivor: Aron’s Story, Launches First-of-its-kind Interactive Virtual Holocaust Education Museum

Alex Teplish, the author of Survivor: Aron’s Story, is launching an interactive virtual Holocaust education museum aiming to raise Holocaust awareness and prevent history from repeating itself.

Out of millions of Jewish people murdered during the Holocaust, approximately 2.7 million died in the Soviet Union. Survivor: Aron’s Story tells a tale of this dark period from the perspective of a survivor, presenting a unique Soviet Jewish experience to the readers and one of the least documented episodes of the Holocaust.

Alex Teplish, Aron’s grandson, has translated his grandfather’s testimony, which Aron presented to the USC Shoah Foundation –  the Institute for Visual History and Education founded by Steven Spielberg in 1994. With volumes of historical facts and recollections on his desk, Alex Teplish wrote Aron’s Story.

With the release of the graphic novel memoir, Survivor: Aron’s Story, Alex decided to expand his efforts in raising Holocaust awareness by designing and launching the first-of-its-kind interactive virtual Holocaust education museum.

Alex has spent more than two decades in digital operations management and technology innovation; he leveraged this breadth of experience to construct the Metaverse-like environment where the virtual museum is housed. By utilizing elements of virtual reality, metaverse technology, and multimedia, Alex created the Holocaust museum to be vividly immersive and interactive.

The launch of the virtual Holocaust education museum is the pinnacle of Alex’s project. He originally started with a graphic novel memoir before introducing historical components as the second part of the book; Alex further supplemented the book with a multimedia presentation, which he hosted at museums and community centers, to multi-faith groups, student & family oriented events, as well as for special educator sessions. Now he’s presenting the world with the first virtual and fully interactive Holocaust education museum.

The Museum features a virtual gift shop where visitors can purchase the graphic novel, Survivor: Aron’s Story; the hardcover book will be physically mailed to visitors who’ve bought it at the virtual location.

The museum aims to spread Holocaust education and empathy, create compassionate connections among people, honor survivors, and abolish antisemitism, as well as other forms of hatred, globally. 

Alex’s presentation of the interactive virtual museum is an introduction to what visitors can expect upon entering it:

The educational element of the museum is invaluable to teachers worldwide, who now have the opportunity to take their students on virtual field trips. The Museum can be projected onto smart boards and accessed from any part of the world. This is especially relevant now, due to recent surveys finding ‘shocking’ lack of Holocaust knowledge among millennials and Generation Z.

Alex emphasizes that as the population of Holocaust survivors is aging, it is more important than ever to ensure that their stories live on and continue to be told. The interactive virtual Holocaust education museum is committed to preserving the memory of both survivors and victims of the Holocaust.

The doors of the virtual museum are always open, and Alex encourages people of all backgrounds to come and experience Aron’s Story in a digital, interactive way. More information about the project is available on Survivor: Aron’s Story’s official website.

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