Stevenage marks Holocaust Memorial Day

30 Jan 2018

Stevenage Mayor, Councillor Pam Stuart was joined by people from across Hertfordshire yesterday to mark Holocaust Memorial Day at a special ceremony.

The event, which was organised by Stevenage Borough Council and supported by the Stevenage Liberal Synagogue and Stevenage Central Library was a chance to remember all those lost in the holocaust and other genocides.

The Mayor was 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 also come along to the ceremony to see the lighting of the memorial candle.

The Mayor of Stevenage, Cllr Pam Stuart, said: “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. I am pleased that so many people from different cultures and religions attended Holocaust Memorial Day to show the town’s strong sense of community to remember and honour those that have been lost in the atrocities of the holocaust and other genocides.”

The theme for this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day was ‘The Power of Words’ and it focused 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.

For more information on Holocaust Memorial Day and details of the national campaign, visit HMD.org.uk.            

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