HMLC interactive wall helps visitors

BY JILL KASSANDER, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT

The St. Louis Holocaust Museum and Learning Center in Memory of Gloria M. Goldstein (HMLC) welcomed 21st century technology to the museum with their new interactive wall. Funding was provided by a gift from local survivor Guenter Goldsmith in memory of his parents Irma and Julius Goldschmidt who perished in the Holocaust.

The 42-inch touch screen allows visitors to access information about the museum, see excerpts of survivor testimonies and Holocaust programs.

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“We made it very user- friendly,” HMLC Director Jean Cavender said. “The system was specifically designed for the museum by Brian Slawin and David Schenberg, co-founders of the Panamedia Group.”

The museum is able to scan in photographs of loved ones affected by or who perished in the Holocaust.

They are also able to include film snippets from programs such as the recent Yom HaShoah community commemoration.

The wall is still up and running though the museum is continuing to enter information and photographs and update the system.

The inclusion of donor names and the opportunity to honor or memorialize a loved one affected by the Holocaust is a new perk of the museum’s $125 basic membership. Other membership benefits include: the museum newsletter, a discount to the museum’s bookstore and invitations to museum events.

Additional funding for the interactive wall was provided by Hannah and Larry Langsam and the Jewish Federation of St. Louis Tomorrow Today Program.