NFTs from Holocaust Survivors Exhibited in Metaverse

May 16, 2022
4 min read

Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, is observed on April 27 to commemorate one of the darkest phases of mortal tragedy, the Jewish genocide. The Chasdei Naomi association, a non-profit institute that works for the depressed across Israel, introduced the first-ever Shoah gallery in the metaverse. Exhibitions of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) developed by Holocaust survivors are on display in this one-of-a-kind gallery. The primary objective is to educate young followership about the disasters of the Holocaust. Not just limited to videotaping witnesses, a Holocaust survivor's fleece with a bloodstain is another heart-wrenching instance on display that will now sustain in the metaverse to tell the tragic stories of WWII. In the testimony of Raisa Rossman, she speaks about how she saved her brother Moses' coat after he was shot dead at the age of six. The price for the artwork was set at 0.03 Ethereum (about NIS 293, which is equivalent to USD 85.97).

The Nazi Holocaust redounded in the massacre of over 6 million Jews. As the population of Holocaust survivors shrinks, the history of the tragedy needs to be preserved for people to know further about mankind's history. As per the Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics, the present data says that about 165,000 survivors presently live in Israel. The NFTs depicts the literal recollections in illustrations, videotape testaments, and discourses and thus also contribute to the study of post World War and modern history.

NFTs in a Nutshell

In short, NFTs or non-fungible tokens are rated means that aren't commutable, i.e. not interchangeable for anything different. Similar unique commemoratives have garnered worldwide fashionability, especially in the field of ultramodern art. Not to be mixed up with crypto-currency, but both are powered by the same form of technology, blockchain. All NFTs are authenticated by cryptographic practices and can be traded using cryptocurrencies only. The trading of NFTs occurs in a way so that only a particular individual can attain a token for a digital asset at a specific time. Blockchain, as suggested by its name, is the system constituted by time-stamped consecution of data controlled by a chain of nodes (computers). It works on the principle of divided responsibility, and different consensus mechanisms secure the data.

"An instigative process" Reactions to the Integration of Art, History, and Tech

The process of developing blockchain-grounded digital art has brought people of varied disciplines together, which creates diversity in this field. Survivors connecting with digital art creators ensure the development of factual and creative artworks in the metaverse.

Overall described as an "instigative process", a community is slowly being created for a particular and intergenerational connection between digital artists, the survivors themselves, as well as the social media enthusiasts and history geeks.

Another important factor behind creating NFTs on Holocaust is the significance of preservation of history in the art of the digital age. As a member of the association correctly mentioned, the issue of conserving the memory of the Holocaust must acclimatize itself to the technological age so that it isn't forgotten or diluted.

NFTs: The way ahead for museums?

Reports suggest that the global NFT request may witness a growth of over $21 billion in 2022. To catch up with the global trend of NFTs, several galleries are trying to add another branch to the system. This won't only draw the attention of Gen Z towards galleries but also move on to a new phase of information preservation for the future. Jennifer Wong and Peter Hamilton, co-founders of the world's first NFT Museum in Seattle, explained why NFTs could be the driving force for art in the 21st century.

Wong said that their platoon realized the impact of ultramodern artworks on observing the nuances of digital art and understanding its details.

Hamilton pointed out why NFTs have begun to produce such a wide stir amongst the youngish followership. The power of NFTs lies in the fact that contracts bind it and thus are based on the principle of due possession of means. These tokens are principally a contract that assigns a periodical number to an asset, and if you possess this commemorative, you're the due proprietor.

Contemporaneously, he emphasized that the significance of education being the guardian of museums must be respected too, and thus conscious integration of tech and history is of utmost significance. The fact that blockchain might be the next big thing to take over several other similar institutions under its horizon is opinionated by experts.

The Challenges Ahead

The debate of centralization vs decentralization is revivified in the age of blockchain. Non-fungible tokens are a motivation to define new confines in the distinct common ground of technology and art.

The move to bring the internet sensation of NFTs to galleries is just another step in that direction. The reason why museums have been brisk in switching to trendy ideas as NFTs lies in the fact that the percentage of people visiting museums has gone down significantly in the last two years. And the industry has been poorly hit by the pandemic. The need to bring onboard the "in-home" experience is felt in the assiduity. Virtual galleries in the metaverse can be the last resort for galleries to stay relevant in the realm where people enjoy spending time more on the web than on physical meetings.

In this day and age where the general audience is hooked to short time-span content, it is an uphill task to make the experience of learning in detail more and more entertaining. Will history survive and sustain in this hunt to embrace digitization is a question left to be answered. What matters most is to develop a mix that doesn't intend to compromise the authenticity of history.

The Holocaust gallery received positive reviews from the public. The foundation surely looks forward to the plenitude of more precious additions to the collection. On a day of recognizing the victims of the Jewish genocide, art and tech join hands to save history for eternity. The Chasdei Naomi association is inviting further people to transfigure recollections into NFTs and save them in the metaverse. Hence, interested people can communicate with them if they know any Holocaust survivors and share their stories to give them a place in the metaverse.