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Holocaust Memorial Day will be marked with an event on Saturday 27 January

With support from Stevenage Liberal Synagogue, Stevenage Borough Council will hold the annual event on Monday 29 January in the council chamber at Daneshill House from 6.15pm.

Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) takes place each year on the 27 January and encourages remembrance in a world scarred by genocide. 27 January marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp.

The theme for this year is Fragility of Freedom, which will explore ways in which the freedoms of people targeted during genocide are restricted, showing how fragile freedom is and how we must not be complacent about it.

Mayor of Stevenage Myla Arceno said:

“We are proud to support Holocaust Memorial Day every year, which provides an opportunity for our residents to remember all those who were murdered under Nazi persecution during the Holocaust.

“It is also a chance to reflect on subsequent genocides that have taken place throughout the world.”

Residents can also get involved in the national moment at 8pm on 27 January, where people across the nation will light candles and put them safely in their windows to remember those who were murdered for who they were, and stand against prejudice and hatred today.