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TFT Schools Celebrate Echo Eternal with holocaust survivor Harry Olmer OBE

Hosted by The Futures Trust at Barr’s Hill School, pupils from The Futures Trust schools plus seven other invited schools from across the West Midlands were honoured to meet a Harry Olmer BEM, a holocaust survivor in July 2019. Our students produced videos involving themselves and Harry to portray his powerful story. View here: Barr's Hill Students: How Strong Are We

In 1942, as a teenager, Harry was sent to work at several notorious camps, living and working in exhausting, dangerous and horrific conditions. He survived periodic selections by the SS where prisoners were shot. Harry was accompanied by Deputy Lord Mayor Councillor Ann Lucas OBE, and CORE Education Trust CEO Adrian Packer CBE. 

Together, pupils and teachers celebrated The Echo Eternal project – which was conceived and developed by CORE Education Trust on behalf of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation (UKHMF). The project involved our students creating their own echoes of the survivor stories, using art to bring events of huge historical importance to life.

Adrian Packer CBE, Chief Executive of CORE Education and Founder of Echo Eternal, commented “It has been magical to see the schools come together today to share their wonderful work with Harry – an inspirational and courageous survivor. I hope the students hold on to his truth, and the truths of all the survivor testimonies they have responded to, they are gifts which we will all cherish.