Hertsmere marks Holocaust Memorial Day

YOUNG and old came together in Hertsmere yesterday (Wednesday) to mark the 65th anniversery of the fall of the largest concentration camp used by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

On January 27, 1945, the Soviet Army liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau, in southern Poland, where around 1 million people were systematically murdered, the overwhelming majority Jewish.

To commemorate the event, the 10th annual Holocaust Memorial Day was held in locations across the world, including a ceremony at the Hertsmere Borough Council offices in Borehamwood.

Dignitaries, councillors and schools from across the borough all attended the ceremony.

Hertsmere mayor Rosemary Gilligan said of the ceremony: “It went really well. a lot of local schools attended, the council chamber was packed, and I thanked everyone for taking the time out of their busy day to come along.

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“We showed a DVD from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, talking to survivors. It really showed how it wasn’t just one group but many groups being persecuted.

“A lot of the schools asked for a copy of the video to take back with them. I certainly think it made an impact.”

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