Community reflects at tree-planting event

Photo of Vice-Chancellor Professor Michael Gunn at the tree planting ceremony

Members of the Staffordshire community gathered at Staffordshire University’s Stoke campus yesterday to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) is commemorated internationally on 27th January each year as it is the anniversary of the day in 1945 on which the Soviet Army liberated the largest Nazi concentration camp – Auschwitz-Birkenau.

Professor Christine E King CBE DL, Vice-Chancellor Emeritus of Staffordshire University and noted historian, reflected on the Holocaust in a hard-hitting lecture entitled When Hell Came to Earth.

Photo of Vice Chancellor Emeritus Prof Christine King at the tree planting ceremony

The event, attended by Vice Chancellor Professor Michael Gunn, also involved ceremonial tree planting and the distribution of  HMD commemorative trees from the Woodland Trust.

Speaking afterwards, Professor King said: “There were so many people who contributed to this important and moving event and I would like to thank all of the school, college and university students and local faith leaders who took part for making it such a special day.

"It is vital that we remember events from the past and take time to reflect on how and why such atrocities can occur and to recognise that genocide is still happening today.  Sharing Untold Stories is one way we can do this, while planting  trees to commemorate the day allows us to remember this message all year round.”


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