Educational game tells Marion’s Holocaust tale

Children are invited to retrace Marion's flight from Nazi-occupied Poland
Children are invited to retrace Marion's flight from Nazi-occupied Poland

An online game leading children through the experiences of one Holocaust refugee was launched at the Scottish Parliament last week.

The Gathering the Voices exhibition was invited to parliament for a Holocaust Memorial Day showcase, sponsored by East Ren-based MSP Stewart Maxwell and hosted by the consul general Jens-Peter Voss, of the Federal Republic of Germany, in Edinburgh.

As reported in The Extra, the project is the work of six southsiders; Steven and Hilary Anson, Claire and Howard Singerman and Angela and David Shapiro.

GTV’s mobile exhibition tours schools, presenting 30 testimonies from settlers — most, but not all, Jewish — and telling younger generations stories of those who thrived, as well as survived, in Scotland.

Now, one such story — of southsider Marion Camrass, who fled from Poland and ended up in a Siberian camp before coming to Scotland with an aunt — has been developed into an interactive, educational game in a joint venture with Glasgow Caledonian University.

Steven Anson told The Extra: “The Marion Camrass education game was showcased at Holyrood last week and we’re now rolling it out to the public, and publicising it to the schools we visit with the exhibition.

“We’re excited and delighted with the reception it has received. There was a great response from MSPs who realised the educational potential, to allow pupils to understand the refugee experience — especially with so many refugee tragedies on the news today.

“I briefly showed it to my granddaughter, who is four. Obviously she didn’t understand the whole issue but it held her attention straight away and she could understand the good and the bad — it captured her imagination.”

Recorded testimony from 84-year-old Marion is included in the game, and the founders of Gathering the Voices say she is delighted to share her life story.

Marion’s Journey is available online at www.gatheringthevoices.com/games.