WATCH: What Will Happen When the Last Holocaust Survivor Dies?

British commission is currently discussing options of how to best preserve survivor testimonies.

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A British government commission has been established to preserve the stories of Holocaust survivors for future generations.

According to Jake Wallis Simons of BBC Breakfast TV, the Prime Minister's Commission on the Holocaust are considering a variety of ideas aimed at re-telling the testimonies of Holocaust survivors when they are no longer living.

Ideas being floated by the commission include first-person lectures by the children of survivors and the construction of a British version of the American interactive system where recordings of survivors can answer questions.

In October 2013, Canada allocated $800,000 to preserve the testimonies of Holocaust survivors.

The funding from the federal Citizenship and Immigration department will go to four Jewish organizations in Canada to gather video testimony from survivors.

Regarding the concern that testimony may not be as impactful coming from the children of survivors, an Israeli study carried out by Dr. Miri Scharf and Prof. Ofra Mayseless from Haifa University's Education Department argues that Holocaust trauma signs can be identified among second- and third-generation grandchildren of survivors.

A screenshot of BBC Breakfast's interview Holocaust survivor Bob Obuchowski.

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