The theme of this year's Holocaust Memorial Day is ordinary people, and will be marked in Stevenage with a special event.

The theme explores how ordinary people were involved in all aspects of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution of other groups, and the genocides that took place in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Ordinary people were perpetrators, bystanders, rescuers and witnesses, and ordinary people were also victims.

Holocaust Memorial Day is held every year on January 27, which marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau - the largest Nazi death camp.

On Thursday (January 26), with support from Stevenage Liberal Synagogue, Stevenage Borough Council will hold a special event in the Council Chamber at Daneshill House, Danestrete, from 6.15pm.


Stevenage mayor Councillor Margaret Notley said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is a time where communities can come together to remember the millions of people who lost their lives.

"By marking this date, we help to ensure that the atrocious crimes against humanity that were committed during the Holocaust and subsequent genocides are remembered by generations to come and that we continue to understand their importance.”

The event will be livestreamed on the council’s YouTube channel at