During the Holocaust, children held in the Terezin Concentration Camp in Czechoslovakia—predominately Jewish children, sacrificed a portion of their weekly water rations to care for a silver maple tree throughout the war. Because most of the children were deported to death camps (only 15,000 out of 150,000 survived Terezin), they never got to see the tree fully grown.
Cuttings from this original tree are now growing throughout the world. Due to efforts of Illinois Storytelling, Inc, The Steiner Kerman Education Foundation, and the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center, a sapling taken from a cutting from the original line of “Terezin Trees” has been planted in Spring Grove Park at 2102 Main Street.
This descendent from the original tree was planted by children from the Storytelling Club at Spring Grove Elementary School at the Lisa Derman Holocaust memorial on May 31, 2019.
Spring Grove children and residents can recreate this story of hope in the face of tragedy for years to come by watering the tree as Spring Grove children are seen doing above.