Mayor invites you to Holocaust Memorial Day event

12 Jan 2018

Stevenage Mayor, Councillor Pam Stuart is inviting people from across the town to attend a special ceremony to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday 29 January.

The event, which gives people a chance to remember all those lost in the holocaust and other genocides, takes place in the Council Chamber at Daneshill House at 6.15pm. It is organised by Stevenage Borough Council and supported by Stevenage Liberal Synagogue and the Hertfordshire County Libraries.

The Mayor will be joined by the Lord Lieutenant of Hertfordshire Robert Voss CBE, Deputy Lieutenant, Dr Richard Woolfson, The High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Mr Will Hobhouse, and Council Leader Cllr Sharon Taylor OBE. Mayors from neighbouring towns, fellow councillors and local religious leaders will also come along to the ceremony to see the lighting of the memorial candle.

The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day is ‘The Power of Words’, which focuses on the impact that words had in the Holocaust and subsequent genocides, through propaganda used to incite, through slogans written in resistance, and through memoirs written to record and respond to what was going on.

The Mayor of Stevenage, Cllr Pam Stuart, said: “On Holocaust Memorial Day we bring together diverse strands of the Stevenage community to commemorate this day. This year’s theme allows us to see how the words that we chose to use have an impact upon us and those around us. 

“Genocide does not just take place on its own, it is a steady process which can begin if discrimination, racism and hatred are not checked and prevented. We’re fortunate here in the UK not to be at risk of genocide, but discrimination has not ended, and nor has the use of the language of hatred or exclusion. There is still much to do to create a safer future and Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity to start this process.”

For more information on Holocaust Memorial Day and details of the national campaign, visit If you would like to attend, please contact Tracey Frost on 01438 242227 or