Virtual reality helps net last Auschwitz criminals


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Ralf Breker of the Bavarian criminal police posing in Munich with virtual reality glasses and a computer which shows a picture from the 3D model of the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz, September 26, 2016. (AFP/Christof Stache) Ralf Breker of the Bavarian criminal police posing in Munich with virtual reality glasses and a computer which shows a picture from the 3D model of the former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz, September 26, 2016. (AFP/Christof Stache)

Slipping on a virtual reality headset, the indelible images come into view: the steel rails, the imposing brick gatehouse, the rows of identical barracks, the gas chambers, the crematoria.

By Deborah Cole | The Times of Israel

Thanks to the work of the Bavarian state crime office (LKA) in Munich, German prosecutors and police investigating the last living Nazi war criminals can now immerse themselves in a highly precise 3D model of Auschwitz.

The VR death camp offers 21st-century fact-finding technology for the final Holocaust trials, in a twilight bid by the German justice system to address the atrocities committed seven decades ago.

“It has often been the case that suspects say they…

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