Prince Charles, who is a patron of World Jewish Relief, said: “The work of World Jewish Relief allows us to rally together to do what we can to support people practically, emotionally and spiritually, particularly at a time when the horrific lessons of the last war seem to be in increasing danger of being forgotten”.
Prince Charles added that charity was about “doing things not just talking about them, about supporting local communities and not imposing solutions from outside. Not just supporting those from your own community but people irrespective of faith” in order to set an example of “true compassion and friendship”.
In his speech, the Prince also addressed his grandmother’s help in sheltering a Jewish family during the war, as well as the charity’s involvement in Ukraine, Syria and Rwanda.
The Prince has been involved with World Jewish Relief for over a decade, and opened a community centre in Krakow, Poland in 2008.
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was also in attendance, stating: “We as Jews, perhaps more than any others, know what it’s like to be the victims of discrimination…In the Jewish religion, when it comes to acts of kindness and benevolence, we recognise no borders. Wherever he or she might be, they are counted as what we call mishpacha – part of our global family”.
Last Friday, Britain commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day. In her message, Prime Minister Theresa May paid her respects to the victims of the Holocaust and pledged to keep the memory of the Holocaust alive.