Specially trained artists prompt and shape creative responses from groups of young people in the Echo Eternal schools. These responses are crafted by the pupils with guidance from the artist. The final artistic expression is shared with various audiences as a tribute to the survivor.

River Rea Films and Vyka Ltd have created many of the film Echoes out of the artistic residencies in schools. 

River Rea Films is owned and operated by Mathew Beckett a Director, Filmmaker and Director of Photography.

Vyka Ltd is a Birmingham based SME, managed by Paul Davies, specialising in the creation of digital tools and compelling television. They service the learning, cultural, heritage and communities sectors.

Suriya Aishia/Jabez Walsh

Myself and Jabez Walsh worked with Year 4 pupils from King David Primary School with the testimony gifted from Lilit Pohlmann. With the pupils, we particularly explored the emotional challenges that Lilit felt from being helped during the war which saw her split from her family, who had to endure greater hardship in the ghetto.

They created a response to her story through the form of theatre, spoken words from imagined diary entries and a moving song: “You’re falling, I won’t let you go, I’ll help you, you won’t fall alone.” The pupils were greatly inspired by the advice of Lilit’s father: “When you see someone drowning, you have to extend a hand, whether you know how to swim or not.”