The Jewish Museum in Oświęcim has just released a brand new version of its innovative app “Oshpitzin”. Visitors to the museum can take advantage of Beacon technology which features miniature Bluetooth sensors pointing to key artifacts and the stories behind them.

The app features guides for the museum and the Jewish traces in the town. It is packed with cutting edge technologies, including Beacons for navigation in the museum, the Augmented Reality for mixing historical photographs with current camera views, and 3D models of vanquished buildings.

The project started six years ago when we decided that the hand drawn map from Sefer Oshpitzin, a memorial book compiled by survivors from Oświęcim in the 1970’s in Israel, needed to be made more accessible for our visitors – says Maciek Zabierowski, the project manager of the app in the Jewish Museum – We wanted to give them a chance to look at this unique town through the eyes of its former Jewish residents.

The app is available for free download in English, German, Hebrew and Polish from Apple AppStore and Google Play.

The project has been made possible with the generous funding of the U.S. Consulate General and German Consulate General in Kraków, the town of Oświęcim and the Dutch Jewish Humanitarian Fund.

The Auschwitz Jewish Center (est. 2000) in Oświęcim operates the Jewish Museum, the Chevra Lomdei Mishnayot synagogue and Cafe Bergson, which is located in the house of the last Jewish resident of Oświęcim, Szymon Kluger z”l.

The Auschwitz Jewish Center is an affiliate of the Museum of Jewish Heritage, A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in NYC. For more information about the Auschwitz Jewish Center please visit www.ajcf.pl.