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A collaboration between DigiPen Institute of Technology Europe-Bilbao and Auschwitz-Birkenau Institute, in close partnership with Musikene, the Higher School of Music of the Basque Country, has given rise to an exceptional project. Reflecting a commitment to human rights, equality, and education through art, this joint effort produced a poignant 2D traditional animation short film that powerfully addresses the tragedy that occurred in the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp during World War II.

A group of students stand in a classroom listening to 3 men talk.

The short film, Glimpse Into the Past, introduces viewers to a dramatic and somber story where hope seems to have completely faded away. Two childhood friends meet again after their lives took opposite paths. Despite where they are now, those precious memories from their childhood return for a moment and allow them to transcend their situations and the harsh reality that surrounds them.

The focus on traditional 2D animation instead of more modern animation techniques adds an element of authenticity and nostalgia to the narrative. This stylistic choice echoes a bygone era, evoking a sense of connection with history and profound respect for victims of the Holocaust.

This unique collaboration is a testament to how art can be a powerful tool for preserving historical memory and raising awareness among future generations about the horrors of the past. This initiative makes a clear goal to remember Holocaust victims and promote critical reflection on fundamental human values.

DigiPen staff and students pose for a photograph.

The project not only represents an alliance between renowned educational and cultural institutions but also demonstrates the capacity of art and creativity to address deep and transcendent themes in human history. Animation becomes an effective medium for conveying complex and emotional messages, inviting the audience to reflect on the importance of memory, friendship, and resilience in the face of adversity.

Glimpse Into the Past is the honorable result of the collaboration between DigiPen Europe-Bilbao, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Institute, and Musikene. The short film represents a valuable effort to honor the memory of Holocaust victims, promote historical awareness, and uphold fundamental values of human rights and equality. This moving and thoughtful work of art is a reminder of the importance of keeping memories and lessons of the past alive to build a better future.