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During Spring Break The Montreal Holocaust Memorial Museum Invites families to visit with electronic tablets

The Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre (MHMC) takes the opportunity of spring break to proudly launch its mobile application for iPad and Android devices. Families are encouraged to come to the Museum with their electronic tablets to learn about the Holocaust and to discover the exhibition with a new perspective. Parents and educators can discover a great tool to speak about genocide with children (from 8 years old).

Three new guided tours will help visitors discover remarkable objects and historical documents through audio commentaries, texts, videos and high resolution images. Visitors will also learn about history through the stories of survivors who made Montreal their home. "Life Stories of Holocaust Survivors" is a great introduction to our museum and to Holocaust history; this tour features some of the most significant objects in our collection. 19 stops focus on the life stories of Holocaust survivors who rebuilt their lives in Montreal. Showcased are personal items as well as video testimonies of Holocaust survivors from our collection. "Children and Teenagers during the Holocaust" addresses the
experience of children and teenagers during the Nazi regime. It also focuses on objects linked to events and issues affecting children. Along with objects displayed in the museum, the tour's 11 stops provide access to several testimonies of child survivors now living in Montreal. "Deconstructing Genocide" explores the different stages of genocide, by looking at the historical events of the Holocaust. Through the tour`s 11 stops, its featured objects and video testimonies link Holocaust history to notions of human rights and genocide studies.

« The app, will enable visitors to virtually turn the pages of a showcased book, to listen to more testimonies or discover an artefact that isn’t displayed in the exhibition » explains Julie Guinard, Museum and Collections Coordinator in charge of the project. The app is more than a traditional audio guide. It can be used inside the museum but also at home. It is a great tool in preparing your visit or to discuss the Holocaust with youth. « We actually developed the thematic tour about Children during the Holocaust to provide support to parents who want to talk about the Holocaust with their children. » adds Guinard.

Visitors can simply download the free app on their iPad or on their Android device. The Museum also loans free IPads to the public (limited number available). This mobile app was created by the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre and designed by Tristan Interactive. This project received a grant from the Quebec Minister of Culture and Communications.

Tristan Interactive creates mobile applications that redefine the way people visit museums, art galleries, parks and cities. We take a personalized approach with our clients to develop interpretive experiences that are truly one of a kind.

The Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre educates people of all ages and backgrounds about the Holocaust, while sensitizing the public to the universal perils of antisemitism, racism, hate and indifference.

Audrey Licop, events and communications coordinator 514-345-2605 ext. 3026 or 514-892-2605 (cell.) or