Echo Eternal project focuses on Holocaust survivors' stories

Written by: Pete Henshaw | Published:
Echo Eternal: Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor Zigi Shipper is pictured with Jewellery Quarter Academy student Marie

An arts education project is to use Holocaust survivors’ stories to teach about where prejudice and hatred can lead.

Holocaust survivor Zigi Shipper, 88, and journalist Natasha Kaplinsky met last week with young people from the city’s Jewellery Quarter Academy to launch a year-long pilot of “Echo Eternal”.

The project encourages young people to explore the events of the Holocaust and the wider lessons for society through art forms, facilitated by an artist-in-residence, commissioned in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre.

It is supported by the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation which has gifted the schools 12 survivor testimonies recorded by Ms Kaplinsky as part of a national drive to ensure the UK has a permanent record of survivors’ experiences. Among these is the testimony of Zigi, an Auschwitz-Birkenau survivor.

The Echo Eternal project, which is being led by the CORE Education Trust, will culminate in a live performance event around National Holocaust Memorial Day in January 2019.


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