2018-07-04 / Mideast

Prince William recalls relative, a Holocaust rescuer

Britain’s Prince William visited the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem and called it “a profoundly moving experience.”

Also, the prince on the first official visit to Israel by a British royal met with two survivors of the Kindertransport, which brought thousands of Jewish children from across Europe to Britain and saved them from the Nazis.

Later in the day, he met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara. They were joined by descendants of Haimaki and Rachel Cohen, who were saved during the Holocaust by Princess Alice, William’s great-grandmother.

At Yad Vashem, the prince wrote in the museum’s guest book.

“It has been a profoundly moving experience to visit Yad Vashem today,” he wrote. “It is almost impossible to comprehend this appalling event in history. Every name, photograph and memory recorded here is a tragic reminder of the loss suffered by the Jewish people. The story of the Holocaust is one of darkness and despair, questioning humanity itself.

“We must never forget the Holocaust—the murder of 6 million men, women and children, simply because they were Jewish. We all have a responsibility to remember and to teach future generations about the horrors of the past so that they can never reoccur. May the millions of Jewish people remembered by Yad Vashem never be forgotten.

“The actions of those few, who took great risks to help others, are a reminder of the human capacity for love and hope. I am honored that my own great grandmother is one of these Righteous Among the Nations,” he concluded.

Princess Alice, who was married to Prince Andrew of Greece, lived in the Athens palace of her brother-in-law, Prince George of Greece, during World War II, where she worked for the Swedish and Swiss Red Cross. The family of Haimaki Cohen, a former member of the Greek Parliament, had fled to Athens and, after Haimaki Cohen’s death, his wife Rachel and their five children needed a place to hide. Several members of the Cohen family remained hidden at the palace until liberation. (JTA)

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