The Prince of Wales holds a reception for survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides

 

The Prince of Wales held a reception at St James’s Palace today for survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

The Prince of Wales speaks to Auschwitz survivor Ivor Perl
The Prince of Wales speaks to Auschwitz survivor Ivor Perl

The Prince of Wales held a reception at St James’s Palace today for survivors of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

His Royal Highness gathered more than a dozen Holocaust survivors and their families for afternoon tea in his role as patron of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust (HMDT).

At the end of the reception, The Prince of Wales’s efforts promoting tolerance and understanding were recognised with an international award as he was presented with the Statue of Remembrance by the International Auschwitz Committee (IAC).

The Prince is presented with the Statue of Remembrance by Marian Turski
The Prince is presented with the Statue of Remembrance by Marian Turski

The IAC has been awarding the statue since 2010 to public figures who support remembrance and a world of open-mindedness and tolerance. The statue is an upside down letter B, a reference to the same letter from the infamous motto, Arbeit Macht Frei, work sets you free, above the gates of Auschwitz concentration camp. The upside down B was made by prisoners as an act of defiance.

Marian Turski, Vice-President of the IAC and himself an Auschwitz survivor, presented The Prince with the Statue of Remembrance during the reception.