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The council is encouraging residents to come together online at 11am on Wednesday 27 January to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, alongside the millions of other people killed under Nazi Persecution and in the genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur and elsewhere.

A video of Mayor of Stevenage Councillor Jim Brown; Leader of Stevenage Borough Council, Councillor Sharon Taylor; MP for Stevenage, Stephen McPartland; Youth Mayor Alissa Crew; Terry Wolfe, Stevenage Liberal Synagogue; and Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Hertfordshire, Robert Voss CBE CstJ will be played on the council’s YouTube and Facebook accounts.

This year’s theme is ‘Light the Darkness’ and residents are encouraged to display a lit candle in their window at 8pm on 27 January – if safe to do so – to remember those who were murdered for who they were and to make a stand against prejudice and hatred today.

Mayor of Stevenage, Councillor Jim Brown, said: “It’s important that we mark Holocaust Memorial Day despite the challenges we face from the pandemic – which is why we’re asking everyone to come together virtually.

“Together we will remember all those who suffered in the holocaust and in other genocides that have taken place across the world, as we continue to try and create a world where the phrase ‘Never again’ means what it says.”

You can watch the video online via our YouTube channel or our Facebook page.

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