This sycamore tree was grown from a seed from a tree growing in the Terezin camp. The original tree was planted in secret by primary school teacher Irma Lauscher and was cared for by children forced to work in the guards' kitchen gardens. As they were taken to Auschwitz, group by group, other children took on the duty of looking after the tree. Of the 15,000 children of Terezin, only around 150 survived. There are now around 600 descendants of the “Tree of Life” planted around the world.