Tree memorial to Holocaust victims

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A SINGLE tree was planted in the grounds of Titchfield Park in Hucknall during a poignant ceremony to remember the millions who were needlessly slaughtered during the Holocaust.

Dignitaries gathered at the town’s premier open space for the event to mark the nationwide Holocaust Memorial Day.

An address was given by the Rector of Hucknall, the Rev Kathryn Herrod.

The honour of planting the tree was then given to Coun Ken Knight (Lab), a Hucknall member of Ashfield District Council and the authority’s vice-chairman.

He was joined at the service by several members of the public and several of the town’s other Labour members of Ashfield Council.

The Nazi-led Holocaust happened during World War Two and led to the deaths of about six million European Jews.

The memorial day was launched in 2001 and the date coincides with the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1945.

Coun Knight said: “The Holocaust was in my lifetime, I was born in 1938. I was a young lad and we should do everything in our power to stop anything like this ever happening again.

“It is hard to fathom how many people lost their lives. We should always remember what happened.

“Everyone has the right to follow their own religion.”

The tree-planting was arranged by Ashfield Council.

OUR PHOTO shows Coun Knight joined by Coun Keir Morrison (Lab), of Hucknall, in planting the tree — DISPIC NHUD 12-0163-4