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MD-263893-19

University of Connecticut (Storrs, CT 06269-9000)
Kenneth Thompson (Project Director: June 2018 to present)
Courtroom 600: An Educational Virtual Reality Encounter with the History and Legacies of the Nuremberg Trials

Development of a virtual reality experience on the trials of Nazi leadership at Nuremberg, Germany (1945–49).

Courtroom 600, an educational virtual reality experience, will engage learners in historical thinking as they explore Holocaust history and its human rights legacies through the lens of the trials at Nuremberg, Germany (1945-49), which sought to hold the Nazi regime and colluders accountable and forge standards for international criminal law. The interactive, inquiry-based experience tasks learners, as members of the US prosecutorial team, with investigating documents, photographs, and other primary sources to piece together evidence. The project demonstrates how open-source game and library information systems platforms can connect to increase the discoverability and uses of digital collections, in this case executive trial counsel Thomas J. Dodd’s papers at the University of Connecticut. Courtroom 600’s capacity to provide emotionally-immersive experiences also suggests paths by which museums and archives might connect rising generations to the value of collections research.

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Project fields:
Public History

Program:
Digital Projects for the Public: Discovery Grants

Division:
Public Programs

Totals:
$25,832 (approved)
$23,360 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2019 – 3/31/2020