Prince Charles is concerned because he thinks the lessons of the Second World War are in “increasing danger” of being forgotten.
The Prince of Wales spoke at a fundraiser for World Jewish Relief and in his speech, he remembered the “indescribable persecution” endured by Holocaust survivor and former Olympic weightlifting champion Ben Helfgott. He went on to say that it was his grandmother’s sheltering of a Jewish family which inspired his work with a range of faiths. He told the people present at the fundraiser:
“The work of World Jewish Relief enables us to rally together to do what we can to support people practically, emotionally and spiritually. Particularly at a time when the horrific lessons of the last war seem to be in increasing danger of being forgotten. To meet Ben, and others who, like him, have endured indescribable persecution, is to be reminded of the danger of forgetting the lessons of the past.”
The prince said he was very happy with the work of this charity, which was established to support those fleeing Nazi Germany, did with impoverished Jews in Ukraine as well as those escaping the atrocities of Syria and Rwanda. He added:
“It is about supporting local communities with what they feel they need and not about imposing solutions from outside. World Jewish Relief shows us how vital it is to learn lessons from the horrors of the past.”
The charity’s director of communications, Rafi Cooper, said this to The Independent:
“His Royal Highness provides a timely reminder that we need to reach within and beyond our own community, regardless of faith – a message that our Jewish values and history teach us is essential to avoid the horrors of the past being repeated.”
Some think that the Prince’s reference to “the horrific lessons of the last war” is a direct criticism of Trump, who just last week signed an executive order suspending the entire US refugee admissions system for 120 days, halting the Syrian refugee program indefinitely, and banning entry for people from seven Muslim-majority countries.