As part of the annual Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) commemoration at Hertsmere Borough Council, the diverse Hertfordshire community was reflected through a poignant and moving programme.

The commemoration began with a candlelit procession through the centre of Radlett from the railway station to the venue for the event, the Radlett Centre. The sight of some 200 candles being carried by council officials and members of the public slowly through the dark was both a fitting tribute, and a beautifully visual way to start the commemoration.

The event was addressed by council leaders, and was attended by members of the Hertsmere Bosnian community, who shared their testimony and accounts of those who survived the massacre at Srebrenica. Their story, shocking and all too contemporary, concluded with the 2017 theme of How can life go on? – by emphasising that despite tragedy, they could rebuild their lives and their communities.


The Borehamwood Community Choir sang two arrangements and several short films were shown. MP for Hertsmere, Oliver Dowden, then lit further candles, alongside other Hertfordshire dignitaries, with candles to represent the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution and the genocides that followed in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. A two-minute silence was a stark reminder of what was lost for all those communities affected by genocide.

Speaking after the event, Oliver Dowden MP said that:

‘The candlelight procession through Radlett was a fitting and moving way of marking the day.’