Kate and William arrive at Holocaust ceremony in London after poignant photoshoot

Kate and William arrive at Holocaust ceremony in London after poignant photoshoot

The royal couple were among high-profile guests at this afternoon’s commemorative ceremony 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Prince William, 37, will read a passage during the service before the Cambrdiges will meet Holocaust survivors as well as those who have lived through other genocides. The pair will be introduced to men and women who have witnessed horror such as the genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. 

Prince Charles is patron of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT) which promotes events taking place on January 27 each year. 

The Cambridges’ appearance comes after the duchess, 38, released photos she took of two Holocaust survivors and their grandchildren. 

Kate shot the portraits of Yvonne Bernstein and Steven Frank at Kensington Palace, next to a window facing east – the direction of Jerusalem. 

Kate said: “It is vital that their memories are preserved and passed on to future generations, so that what they went through will never be forgotten.” 

Some 200 survivors of the notorious death camp will today return to Auschwitz, coming from as far as the United States, Peru, Israel and Australia. 

The survivors will be joined by their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as they embark on the journey back to the place where so many of their fellow Jews perished. 

The Nazis killed around six million Jews during World War II as well as millions of other ethnic minorities. 

By the time Soviet forces arrived at Auschwitz on January 27, 1945, around 7,000 prisoners were still alive. 

Many Jews refer to the Holocaust as the Shoah, the Hebrew word for the massacre. 

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Published at Mon, 27 Jan 2020 15:36:00 +0000