Prince William landed in Israel yesterday on the first ever official visit by a British royal, and today visited Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial. While there, The Times of Israel's Raphael Ahren and Alexander Fulbright report, William met with Holocaust survivors who were rescued by England and paid tribute to his own great-grandmother, a Righteous Gentile who saved Jews:
Before he laid a wreath at the Hall of Remembrance, the prince toured the Holocaust History Museum and the Museum of Holocaust Art, where he signed the museum’s guestbook.
“It has been a profoundly moving experience to visit Yad Vashem today. 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,” he wrote.
“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,” added the prince.
William also referenced his great-grandmother, Princess Alice of Battenberg, who is recognized by Yad Vashem as a Righteous Among the Nations for helping save a Jewish family in Greece during the Holocaust.
“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 honoured that my own great grandmother is one of these Righteous Among the Nations,” he wrote...