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January 27, 2015 10:17 pm

Prince Charles Says Holocaust is Warning and Lesson for All Faiths (VIDEO)

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Britain's Prince Charles said the Holocaust is a "warning and lesson" to all faiths during a speech given on International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Photo: Wikipedia.

Britain’s Prince Charles, in a speech on Tuesday at a London memorial service, described the Holocaust as a lesson to all faiths and a means to help respond to turmoil in the Middle East.

“[International] Holocaust Memorial Day is not just a memorial to those six million innocent Jewish men, women and children – it is also universal because the Jews in this story represent all of us,” he said. “That is why the Holocaust is not just a Jewish tragedy, nor merely a dark page from the Second World War, but a warning and a lesson to all of us of all faiths in all times.”

The Prince of Wales outlined the Holocaust as “an unparalleled human tragedy and an act of evil unique in history” that must always be remembered. Commemorating the suffering that victims faced, and the unspeakable actions of the “Nazis diabolical enterprise,” will help future generations “understand not just what happened across Europe, but how this came to happen.”

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He noted that the memory of the Holocaust will also help people make sense of other tragedies in countries such as Bosnia and Rwanda.

“It should also help us reflect on how we should respond to other dreadful events in the Middle East today,” he added. “We still often fail to stop these tragedies in time because the circumstances are always different.”

“But this only makes Holocaust Memorial Day more important and relevant than ever. It enables us to rally together to recognize the workings of wickedness, to exercise vigilance and, hopefully, to stop such atrocities in the future.”

Watch a video of Prince Charles’s remarks below:

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  • nice words, but I get tired of people like the future king of England co-opting our tragedy. no, the Shoah is NOT about “all people,” it is specifically about the Jews, who were murdered for being Jews. maybe if it wasn’t about to happen all over again I’d feel more generous about sharing it.

  • Sue Deutsch

    Stop the whining and complaining! There is nothing wrong with what Prince Charles said or the fact that he said it. As for criticizing him for doing nothing to stop the atrocities–before there were settlements–I assume that poster is talking about Israel prior to the Six Day War. I don’t know whehter Prince Charles was a teenager or in his early 20’s at the time…..not much he could do. And not much he can do now. As far as I recall, he has very little real power. David Cameron is the Prime Minister. I am American so have no special love for the royal family. I am Jewish and lived in Israel for 7 years, including the time of the Six Day War. My husband was a Holocaust survivor. I find nothing wrong with the Prince’s speech and, in fact, think it was a very good one.

  • THANK G-D FOR THE SUPPORT JEWISH CITIZENS GET FROM THE ROYAL FAMILY AND THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT WITH JOHN CAMPBELL AS PRIME MINISTER.

    LONG MAY THE QUEEN AND HER FAMILY REIGN.

    • CORRECTION: THE NAME OF THE PRIME MINISTER SHOULD HAVE READ “DAVID CAMERON” IN MY COMMENT

    • Rashi Rosenzweig

      I appreciate his sentiments as well, but it would be nice if the Royals would finally make an official trip to Israel for once.

  • victoria brandeis

    PLEASE GIVE ME A BREAK ON ROYALTY….THE WRONG ROYAL BARRIER…..HIS WORDS MEAN AS MUCH AS YOU CAN PUT IN THE BANK AND AN OFFENCE TO BE IN THIS PAPER…..OR, BLOG.

  • Bernhard Rosenberg · Top Commenter · Rabbi at Congregation Beth El, Edison NJ

    My father Jacob Rosenberg, of blessed memory was in Auschwitz. Contrary to what we are told, the passage of time does not ease our pain, nor does it diminish the scope of the horror that was the Holocaust. Oh yes, there are those, few in number, who feel that it is psychologically healthier to avoid reminders that keep painful and unpleasant events alive. Why subject our young to the brutal story of Nazi bestiality toward the Jewish people? What purpose will it serve? It would be wiser not to talk about it so that it can disappear. Never! We must never stop telling this story. Tell it we must, in every gory detail! We must do this because it is our sacred duty to alert them to the evils of men, so that they will never be lulled into a false sense of safety and security. We must alert them so that our children will be vigilant and will never be caught unaware as were the Jews who perished in the Holocaust. Although we are cognizant that our children will be adversely affected, that they will feel great pain upon learning the true facts of the Holocaust, we know that this is something we must do. I urgently beg of you, my fellow children of Holocaust survivors, keep alive the memory of the courage and will to live possessed by your parents. Time is growing short. Soon, like my parents of blessed memory, they will have left this world. Speak with them now. Learn all you can about their Holocaust experiences and about your grandparents and great-grandparents. Communicate with them before it is too late! This is our mission. This we must vow to do. Join me, my fellow Holocaust brothers and sisters, in this holy mission. Let us join hands and loudly acclaim, “We will keep the memory of the Holocaust alive”. Rabbi Dr. Bernhard Rosenberg 2g.

  • Steven Wenick

    The reason why Jews hold steadfast on to the memory of the Holocaust is because it was the only group targeted for genocide by the Nazis and their collaborators because of the religion of their birth.

  • WITH THESE WORDS OF WARNING FROM PRINCE CHARLES HOW CAN THE JEWISH CHRONICLE EDITOR PUBLISH LAST FRIDAY SUCH DISGUSTING ANTI-ISRAEL GOVERNMENT AND PRO PALESTINIAN STATEMENTS WHEN ALL OF US JEWS AND OTHERS ARE THREATENED WITH ANNIHILATION BY THE ISLAMIC STATE INCLUDING THE DESTRUCTION OF OUR STATE OF ISRAEL GIVEN TO US BY G-D AS A MIRACLE AGAINST ALL OPPOSING FORCES IN 1948.

    THE “ESTABLISHMENT” IN THE UK NEEDS TO STAND UP AND BE COUNTED AND OPPOSE ANTI-ISRAELI COMMENTS BY ALL INCLUDING THOSE MADE BY PROMINENT JEWS AND ORGANISATIONS IN THE UK.

  • Even if well-meaning, these are just words, words, words. What has Prince Charles ever DONE to stop atrocities? Where was he when the Arabs killed Jews in Palestine long before there were ‘settlements’, ‘refugees,’ or ‘occupation.” Does no one realize that these are just red herrings, foul excuses for blatant anti-Zionism.
    The Arabs’ land stretches from Morocco to Iraq and covers 5,368,000 square miles.
    Israel covers 10,000 square miles. Is anyone seriously saying there is no place where the Palestinians could live in peace among their own Muslim Arabs?? The Jews were expelled mercilessly from all of these Arab states where they had lived for generation and their possessions confiscated. Israel took them in and settled them and gave them a home. Why can’t the Arab states do the same for the Palestinians and stop whining and wasting their efforts on intifadas?

  • Kirk

    Let me get this straight. President Obama goes over to Saudi Arabia with a large entourage of current and past foreign policy leaders but can’t be bothered to send over top members of his administration to the Charlie Hebdo incident, let alone go himself.

    And now, for Holocaust Remembrance day, at a time when anti-semitism is raging more than ever, he again does not send over anyone important to commemorate the event, despite the fact that numerous European leaders will be in attendance.

    This president is tone deaf, aloof, and clueless.

  • Historian

    Great speech by the Prince of Wales. Truly sensitive to the needs of All people Jewish people and Christians alike.

  • steven L

    Yet GB is virulently antisemitic!

  • Rabbi Dr Shalom Coleman CBE AM

    All blessing to His Royal Highness Prince Charles for his magnificent speech and the warning it offers to society as it is in today’s times. We need his leadership to inspire courage and hope where there is anxiety and despair, to overcome the prejudice and hate still prevalent among the nations and be guided by the three beautiful anonymous lines culminating a simple straightforward message for all mankind.

  • judorebbe

    Yeah, right !!! It was the bastard Brits who refused to allow European Jews, trying to escape the Holocaust, to enter Palestine (now Israel), which was under British control.

  • Bill

    This is the first time I ever felt I would like to meet the prince. I know believe that it is a matter of time as the memories fade and the light in our souls darken.

  • rulierose

    nice words, but I get tired of people like the future king of England co-opting our tragedy. no, the Shoah is NOT about “all people,” it is specifically about the Jews, who were murdered for being Jews. maybe if it wasn’t about to happen all over again I’d feel more generous about sharing it.

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