Yom Shlishi, 25 AdarI 5781
Tuesday, 9 March 2021
Concentration camp trees given new life

The JC
November 29 2012

Edgwarebury cemetery has held a dedication ceremony for a horse-chestnut tree grown from a conker a Merseyside couple brought back from Theresienstadt concentration camp.

The tree was one of three cultivated by William and Anne Moss from Theresienstadt conkers. Over a 10-year period, they blossomed to 10 feet, outgrowing their pots and the couple needed to find them new homes.

Following a JC article in August, Edgwarebury cemetery and the Jewish Joint Burial Society (JJBS) offered to take the remaining saplings, Liverpool King David High having claimed the first.

Edgwarebury director Paul Van der Hulks said the tree had been planted as part of a Holocaust memorial garden.
“It seemed appropriate that we were ending the year with a serene and calm dedication.”

Among the 60 people at Sunday’s ceremony were Liberal Judaism’s Rabbi Danny Rich and Rabbi Harry Jacobi, the latter a child refugee to Britain on the Kindertransport.  Read more