Bafta winner to record survivors' testimonies for David Cameron’s Holocaust Foundation


A Bafta award-winning production company has been appointed to record the testimony of Holocaust survivors as part of David Cameron’s Shoah education initiative.

Atlantic Productions, makers of shows including Inside the Commons, David Attenborough Meets President Obama, and Kingdom of Plants, will collect the stories of up to 100 survivors in early 2016.

It has already filmed more than 20 survivors and concentration camp liberators using 3D and future-proofed technology to ensure the stories can be played to new generations.

It is part of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation (UKHMF) project, led by the Prime Minister, to ensure Shoah education continues in Britain for years to come.

Newsreader and presenter Natasha Kaplinsky has led the interviews with survivors who had previously never told their stories.

The testimonies will be part of the new national Holocaust learning centre due to open in London in 2020.

Atlantic Productions’ chief executive Anthony Geffen said: “Our experience of storytelling using the very latest 3D and virtual reality technology will allow us to capture these testimonies in a whole new way.

“We are working at the cutting edge of technology alongside UKHMF to ensure that this irreplaceable content is always accessible and recorded in the richest possible detail.”

Aviva Trup, Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors Services manager, said: “We have 25 years of experience at the centre in supporting Holocaust survivors to cope with their past.

“Telling their story and keeping their legacy alive is important for so many of our members.”

Further foundation developments are expected to be announced in early 2016.

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