Through this immersive film experience, you can get up close and personal with a Holocaust survivor – and experience their story like never before.


Take a stroll with our survivor

Imagine visiting Auschwitz with a Holocaust survivor. Walking the streets of their hometown. Learning about their childhood, Jewish upbringing and hearing an intimate commentary about their experience. Imagine following them to Melbourne. Sitting with them and their extended family around the dinner table, seeing up close how they rebuilt life after the horrors of the Holocaust. 

Through our VR film, ‘Walk with Me’, you can.  

This survivor story contains mature content so the film is not suitable for children under the age of 15. 


About ‘Walk with Me’

In 2017, our MHM team went to Poland and Germany with Holocaust survivor, John (Szaja) Chaskiel.  

Filming with a special 360 degrees camera, we followed him from his hometown of Wielun, in Poland, to Lodz, to Auschwitz, to the Buchenwald Camps – and finally, back home to Melbourne.  

You’ll see Szaja share his testimony at the sites of his incarceration and walk with him through the journey of his past, as though you’re right there beside him.   

Intimate and enthralling, ‘Walk with Me’ is an immersive film experience that allows you to understand the story of our survivors like never before.  

Holocaust survivor John (Szaja) Chaskiel
Footage filming at Auschwitz on Szaja's trip to Poland.

[Virtual reality] connects humans to other humans in a profound way that I’ve never seen before in any other form of media and it can change people’s perceptions of each other.

Chris Milk (VR creator)

What you need to know

  • Before you book

    • It is a manufacturer requirement that our VR headsets cannot be worn by children under 13 years of age
    • This survivor story contains mature content so the film is not suitable for children under the age of 15.
    • All our VR headsets are sanitised with UV light between use.  
  • Session times

    • Our sessions run from Monday to Sunday at 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. 
    • Each screening runs for 40 minutes. 
    • Please arrive five minutes before your session starts.  
  • Accessibility

    • This event is wheelchair accessible. 
    • ‘Walk with Me’ has both sound and visual components, but sight isn’t essential to engage meaningfully with the work. The film also includes dialogue, music and sounds.  
    • If you’re unable to wear a VR headset, you can still immerse yourself in the experience. We will have monitors available to watch the film in 2D. 
    • The dialogue in ‘Walk with Me’ is in English, but language proficiency is not required to experience the visuals and sounds.  
    • The VR headset is designed to accommodate most prescription glasses when worn with care.    
  • Credits

    • Award-winning producer and director Danny Ben-Moshe established Identity Films and Productions in 2006 to tell stories in entertaining, compelling and creative ways. A leading Australian documentarian, Danny’s acclaimed films have screened on major networks around the world (including the BBC, ABC and PBS) and at multiple film festivals – gaining rave reviews.  
    • Jumpgate VR collaborated with the MHM and Identity Films to deliver the film.  

John (Szaja) Chaskiel

Szaja was sent to the Poznan slave labour camp when he was barely 11 years old, and later to Lodz Ghetto. In 1944, he was transported to Auschwitz-Birkenau and later sent on a death march, before reaching the Buchenwald concentration camp.  

After liberation, Szaja emigrated to Australia in 1950 and lived in Melbourne since.  

As a vocal advocate for Holocaust education and remembrance, Szaja began volunteering with the MHM in 2001 – and was awarded an Order of Australia Medal in 2022. 

Read more about John’s story

The Smorgon family

We are grateful to the Jack & Robert Smorgon Foundation, which provided support and made ‘Walk with Me’, possible.  

The Smorgon family left Russia in 1926 to escape Stalin’s ascension to power and antisemitic sentiment at that time. They arrived in Port Melbourne in 1927, settled in Carlton, and began a family butcher shop. This humble beginning soon grew and led to several businesses across industries.  

Known for their tradition of philanthropy, the Smorgon family has contributed generously to various Melbourne institutions over the years.  

The Jack and Robert Smorgon families are the descendants of Anne and Eric Smorgon, and their Foundation has supported many community charities, including the MHM. 

Thank you to our supporters  

The film was made possible by the Jack and Robert Smorgon Families and with support from Creative Victoria. 

Skip to content