Jewish Story Of Oświęcim, The Town Where Auschwitz Was Built (iOS and Android App Called Oshpitzin – The Yiddish Name Of The Town)

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See the vanished Jewish world of synagogues, schools, stores, and places of daily life that existed before the Holocaust, in the Augmented Reality.  A new iPhone/iPad app uses advanced technology to tell the Jewish story of  Oświęcim, the town in southern Poland where Auschwitz, the former Nazi concentration camp, was built. Oświęcim had a majority Jewish population before World War II. The app is called Oshpitzin – the Yiddish name for the town.

A project of the Auschwitz Jewish Center, a Jewish prayer and study center in Oswiecim, the app includes augmented reality, testimonies of survivors, an audio-guide of the town’s Jewish heritage sites and 3D models of the destroyed Great Synagogue.

It opens a totally new way of educating about the Jewish history and the destruction caused by the Holocaust,” Auschwitz Jewish Center Director Tomasz Kuncewicz told  JTA. “It’s a way which today is the most appealing to the new generations.

Before Auschwitz became the ultimate symbol of the Holocaust, it was just an ordinary Polish town known as Oświęcim. The majority of its citizens were Jewish. This new guide to the traces of Jewish Oświęcim lets you make a personal connection to the vanished Jewish world of synagogues, schools, stores, and meeting places that existed before the Holocaust.

Produced by the Auschwitz Jewish Center, this mobile app is a tribute to almost 500 years of Jewish history in Oświęcim which was overshadowed by the tragedy of Auschwitz and the Holocaust.

Features:

  • Map of the historic Jewish sites in Oświęcim/Auschwitz;
  • Augmented Reality feature that blends historical photographs into current camera views;
  • Survivor testimony videos about selected sites;
  • Optional pre-defined walking route through the sites.

Please note:  Once downloaded the app requires a short initial network connection (cellular or wifi) for self configuration. From that moment on it works 100% offline. The Augmented Reality feature will work only on devices with built-in GPS.

App:  Oshpitzin: A Guide to the Jewish History of Oświęcim by MoveApp

 

Compatible: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Category:  Travel
Released: October 11, 2012 (Updated: November 26, 2014)
Publisher:  Me & My Friends s.j B.Brazewicz-Dosiolko, J.Wolff, K.Boksa © MoveApp 2012
Price: Free  (get app)

The app is also available  for download through Google Play for Android powered devices – click here

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