Holocaust Memorial Day Honoured In East Herts Council Chamber Ceremony

Guests of the council honour Holocaust Memorial Day in the East Herts Council Chamber
East Herts councillors welcomed Rabbi Irit Shillor and other guests to the East Herts Council chamber on Wednesday, 24 January to remember and honour the victims of genocide ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day on Saturday, 27 January. This is the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp. 

This year, the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day is the Fragility of Freedom, which hopes to encourage reflection and inspire the strengthening of freedoms between communities.    

Councillor Alex Daar, East Herts Executive Member for Communities, said: “Holocaust Memorial Day is an opportunity for everyone in our local communities and around the world to consider the vulnerability of our most basic freedoms against a backdrop of international conflict. On this day, we are reminded to challenge prejudice and hate, and to empathise with those who have endured persecution.”

In remembering the 6-million Jews who died during the Holocaust, as well as other groups persecuted by the Nazis, the ceremony will also honour those who have suffered more recent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. 

Pictured (L – R) are the Council's Chief Executive Richard Cassidy, Cllr Calvin Horner and Rabbi Shillor, as well as Sara Feldman Brummer, who sang at the service.