Children will relive heartbreaking experiences of Holocaust survivors, thanks to the work of talented Marsden artists whose work has been commissioned by the BBC.
The Fettle Animation team have created a series of poignant short films based on interviews with people who experienced the horrific genocide first hand to encourage young people to ‘learn lessons from the past’. The commission, which was the first from the broadcaster for the company, was given after they impressed producers with their work for a previous Kirklees Holocaust Memorial Day and can now be watched by school children from across the UK online.
Called Children of the Holocaust, the digital animations relive the harrowing experiences of elderly survivors, who are part of the Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association, when they were children during the war.
They were created by Zane Whittingham, Kath Shackleton and several trainees, thanks to funding from Kirklees Jobs Fund and Creative Skillset, whilst composer, Paul Honey, provided a powerful soundtrack.
Kath, who heads the company with partner, Zane, said: “We were delighted to get our first BBC series commission. It builds on our previous work for Kirklees Holocaust Memorial Day where stories from the past were used to inspire young people to become greater forces for humanity and we’re glad that we could bring that to a wider audience through working with them.
“We worked with elderly survivors who are wonderful people and want to make sure that the lessons from the past are learned.
“The eldest is 94 – so we have immortalised their words through our animation. We hope that by portraying their experiences as children that young people and also adult audiences can empathise better with them.
“Zane drew on lots of influences to make this work by looking at political cartoons and propaganda of the period, artists who portrayed the war in surreal ways such as George Grosz and lots of reference research. We hope that this makes the stories reflective of not just one person’s experience but of wider events at the time. Thanks to funding, we’ve been able to work with graduates who have flourished as trainees and we are really proud of their achievements.”