Stories of Holocaust survivors retold by holograms

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Stories of Holocaust survivors retold by hologramsIn this photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies manager, Lori Weiss relaxes to music synchronized with color LEDs, inside the Lighting Stage X, the institute's latest LED-filled sphere used to help create realistic virtual characters in Playa Vista area of Los Angeles. The technology is used by the "Virtual Survivor Visualization," part of a collaboration with the Shoah Foundation to digitize aging Holocaust survivors to create three-dimensional holograms that would not only be able to tell their stories to future generations but to engage in dialogue with them. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)(Credit: AP)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For years, Holocaust survivor Pinchus Gutter has told the tragic story of watching his parents and 10-year-old twin sister herded into a Nazi death camp’s gas chambers so quickly that he had no time to even say goodbye.

He was left instead with an enduring image he has carried with him through 70 years: that of his sister vanishing into a sea of people doomed to die.

Only this time the elderly, balding man wasn’t really there as he recounted the horror of the Holocaust to an audience at the University of Southern California.

It was the 80-year-old survivor’s digital doppelganger that was doing the talking as it gazed at its audience, sometimes tapping its feet as it paused to consider a question.

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