The Virtual Archive: Imagining I.N. Steinberg’s Jewish Refuge in the Kimberley
Ruth Gay Seminar in Jewish Studies | This presentation reviews an exciting collaborative project that constructs a virtual world to image and imagine I. N. Steinberg’s plans for a Jewish refugee settlement in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. This virtual world takes shape by mobilizing thousands of digitized documents from the Steinberg collection at the YIVO archives in an innovative and informative way. I.N. Steinberg was the charismatic leader of the Freeland League who lived in Australia from 1939-1943 and who sought a refuge for the persecuted Jews of Europe against the backdrop of World War II and the Holocaust. The presentation will feature a Unity gaming demo that illustrates how the archival documents are used to texture the architectural models in the virtual world. This five-year digital art and humanities project is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada.