This tree planting will coincide with the European launch of The Crocus Project 2017/18 by Mr Ruairi Quinn, and Suzi will share her story with local school children.
During the 1930s several German and Austrian families who were horrified by the actions of the Nazi regime and opposed its ideology, came to live in Ireland. Our Emerald Isle became their new home and it is where they remained and reared their families.
Klaus Unger, son of Herbert, who was one of the German immigrants who arrived in 1939, has been interested in the work of Holocaust Education Trust Ireland since its establishment in 2005. For many years he has wanted to organise a memorial to the Holocaust and, after thinking through many possibilities, has decided to dedicate an Irish Oak tree to the memory of all of the children who perished in the Holocaust.
Suzi Diamond is a child survivor of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp where she was incarcerated with her mother and brother. Having believed she was the only survivor of her family, in 2015 Suzi learned she had first cousins in Hungary and subsequently the United States too. Her story continues to unfold.