Prince Charles has warned what we learned from the Second World War seems to be forgotten.
Giving a speech at a fundraiser for humanitarian agency World Jewish Relief, the Prince of Wales remembered the “indescribable persecution” endured by Holocaust survivor and ex-Olympic weightlifting champion Ben Helfgott.
The Prince had recently issued a veiled warning over the election of Trump, saying it was his grandmother’s sheltering of a Jewish family that inspired his work with a range of faiths.
“The work of World Jewish Relief makes us ready to rally together to do whatever we can to support people practically, emotionally and spiritually”, said the prince to the crowd of hundreds.
“Especially at a time when every horrific lesson of the last war seem to become slowly forgotten”.
In addition, he suggested Helfgott’s experience of persecution to be looked as a reminder for not overlooking history:
“To meet Ben and others like him that have endured indescribable persecution, is to be reminded of the danger of forgetting the lessons of the past.
We need to support local communities with what they feel they have a need of and not impose solutions from outside. World Jewish Relief lets us see how important it is to learn from the horrors of the past.”
This is what Rafi Cooper, the charity’s director of communications stated:
“His Royal Highness reminded each one of us that we need to reach within and beyond our own community, despite the faith – it is a message that our Jewish values and history teach us is essential to avoid the horrors of the past being done again.”
Charles’ reference to “the horrific lessons of the last war” are reported to have been viewed by some s a “thinly-veiled criticism” of the president, who has recently prompted global condemnation for his immigration ban.
Earlier this month, the billionaire property developer signed an executive order suspending the entire US refugee admissions system for three months, halting the Syrian refugee programme indefinitely, and banning entry for everyone from the seven Muslim-majority countries.
In December last year, the prince issued a warning over the “rise of populism” in a seemingly cloaked reference to the election of the president and the rise of the far-right in Europe.
He did not mention any politician by name, but he claimed there were “some quite disturbing echoes of the 1930s” and “evil” religious persecution was occurring throught the whole world.
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