Stevenage Honours Holocaust Memorial Day

31 Jan 2019

People from across Stevenage joined Stevenage Mayor, Cllr Mrs Margaret Notley, at a special ceremony to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday 28 January.

The Mayor and her guests were joined by Stuart Nagler DL, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council, Cllr Sharon Taylor OBE CC, Civic Dignitaries, fellow councillors, local religious leaders and members of the community to see the lighting of the memorial candle.

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

The theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 was 'Torn from home', which encouraged us to think about how the enforced loss of a safe place to call 'home' is part of the trauma faced by anyone experiencing persecution and genocide. 'Home' usually means a place of safety, comfort and security.

“On National Holocaust Memorial Day, it is important that we all take the time to reflect and remember the victims who went through unimaginable horrors during the Holocaust and other genocides so it does not ever happen again” said Stevenage Mayor, Cllr Mrs Margaret Notley.

Participants reflected on what happens when individuals, families and communities are driven out of their homes because of persecution or the threat of genocide, as well as the continuing difficulties survivors face as they try to find and build new homes when the genocide is over.

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