More than 20 writers came together for an evening of reflection to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

As part of the wider programme of events to recognise the day, Harrow Community Poet Judy Karbritz hosted an open mic night at Stanmore Library.

She noted the “emotional” atmosphere as poets spoke about the traumatic impact of the Holocaust on future generations, but also the resilient power of the human spirit.

The evening was particularly appropriate given this year’s theme for Holocaust Memorial Day – ‘the power of words’.

Subjects discussed included the Kindertransport, Anne Frank’s house and Pastor Niemöller’s ‘First they came…’ poem.

Excerpts from a book about the survival of a Romanian Jewish girl, written by her daughter, were also read out, and the evening ended with the phrase “as night follows day, so life must go on”.