In 2016, a small number of our team were kindly hosted for a filming session and discussion by Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue. The aim was to capture memories from members of the Synagogue's congregation, and the Emeritus Rabbi Dr Andrew Goldstein, around a tree which resides in our memorial gardens: it is our privilege to host a sycamore tree grown from the seed of a sycamore tree planted in Theresienstadt Concentration Camp and Ghetto (Terezin) for the children held in the Ghetto.

The tree which now lives in Laxton is with us thanks to Neil Drapkin, who brought seeds from the parent tree back with him following a Synagogue group visit to Terezin. Its history has generated many questions and discussion from visitors to the Museum's gardens, and has also resonated with Steven Frank, himself a survivor of Theresienstadt Ghetto.

Kindly giving us their time for filming to record the history of the tree, the group produced extraordinary and insightful discussion. You can find several of the films here, other films from the day are also available on our website here.

Steven Frank and Neil Drapkin discuss the history of the tree


Group discussion around links with the Czech Republic, and the origins of the tree

Group discussion around the meaning and significance for the future                                                                

Group discussion on links across Europe

Group discussion on the meaning and significance of trees


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