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August 27, 2015 5:55 pm

Monaco’s Prince Albert Expresses Regret Over Holocaust Deportations of Jews

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Prince Albert II of Monaco. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Prince Albert II of Monaco apologized on behalf of his country for the deportation of Jews to Nazi concentration camps. Photo: Wikimedia Commons – Monaco’s Prince Albert II apologized Thursday for his country’s history of deporting Jews to Nazi concentration camps during the Holocaust. During the period, Monaco police had rounded up and deported Jews in the small principality, including those who escaped to Monaco thinking they would be safe in what was considered a neutral country.

“To say this today is to recognize a fact. To say it today, on this day, before you, is to ask forgiveness,” Prince Albert said in a speech attended by Monaco’s chief rabbi and other prominent Monaco Jewish figures, such as renowned Nazi hunters and Holocaust researchers Serge and Beate Klarsfeld.

The prince also unveiled a monument commemorating the deported Jews at the Monaco cemetery, on a date marking 73 years since Monaco authorities rounded up more than 60 Jews from Aug. 27-28, 1942. In total, about 90 people were deported from Monaco, and of those only nine survived the Holocaust.

“We committed the irreparable in handing over…women, men and a child who had taken refuge with us to escape the persecutions they had suffered in France,” Prince Albert said, the Associated Press reported.

”We did not protect them. It was our responsibility. In distress, they came specifically to take shelter with us, thinking they would find neutrality,” he said.

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  • rosalie

    Nutrality? Being nutral had nothing to do with it. One either knows what’s right or doesn’t.
    The were looking for a people that didn’t want them dead.
    Obviously the Rainiers were not those people.

  • Stan

    And now that he has said that watch him head-off to the UN to support sanctions against Israel (Ooops I mean settlements)