Holocaust Day 2015

WGS marks 20 years of Holocaust talks with a tree planting ceremony

For the last 20 years Mr Steven Frank has come to Wood Green School, Witney to encourage the younger generation to learn from his experiences of the Theresinstadt concentration camp. 14,000 children lost their lives at the camp and only 93 survived. Steven and his two brothers were part of that 93 and he gives annual talks at our school in memory of those children.  

On Thursday 26th November, Wood Green celebrated the vision and personal mission of Mr Frank over these last 20 years in a special way. Mr Frank planted a tree at the front of school. It is one he has grown from seed from one he looked after in Theresinstadt, when he was a prisoner there.  Students had the opportunity to reflect and contributed to a Wood Green Memorial during the day by placing a “Star of David” with comments into the memorial. 

 

Headteacher Mr Rob Shadbolt notes:

During their time in the Theresienstadt camp the children were given the task of nurturing a sycamore sapling, which still stands on the site of the camp today. Our tree is the grandchild of the Theresienstadt Tree, grown personally by Mr Frank. Only 93 children out of 14,000 survived the camp, including Mr Frank, so to have a tree in Wood Green that has grown out of that time is a real honour and a symbol of hope for the future.