Holocaust Remembrance Day
Prince Charles and Duchess Kate seek clarification
On International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust, Duchess Kate and Prince Charles also sought clarification.
As patron of the "Holocaust Memorial Day Trust", Prince Charles (72) published a special message on Wednesday to mark the opening of the virtual Holocaust Memorial Day. "As I speak, the last generation of living Witnesses is tragically leaving this world and the task of bearing witness is ours," he said on Instagram, among others. This year's commemorative motto: "Be the light in the dark".
"This is not a task for a specific time, nor is it a task for a generation or a person," the Royal continued. "It affects all people, all generations and all times. Now is our time in which everyone can be the light in their own way that ensures that darkness never returns." To literally light up the darkness, candles were lit and placed in the windows across the UK at 7 p.m. local time.
Duchess Kate in conversation with concentration camp survivors
Duchess Kate (39) also spent the day in memory of the victims of the Holocaust. Among other things, she held a video conference with the two survivors of that time. Zigi Shipper (91) and Manfred Goldberg (90) regularly share their experiences as part of the Educational Trust's outreach program in order to educate younger generations about the Holocaust.
The two men had already made acquaintance with the wife of Prince William (38). They met on a previous trip. When they met again, Shipper remembered the meeting: "I was so happy, you know. I don't need your husband. You are the one I wanted to (meet)." The Kensington Palace published this touching moment of the conversation on its Instagram account.
In the conversation between the men and Duchess Kate, however, things were far more serious. They told the 39-year-old about their experiences in the Stutthof concentration camp, where over 65,000 people lost their lives. About his time in the camp, Goldberg said: "As long as you had the strength to do a solid day of work, of course with the worst hunger, you had a real chance of survival, at least until the next day." Duchess Kate listened intently to the men and finally thanked them for their strength and courage to share their stories.