Prince Charles has said the world is in danger of ‘forgetting the lessons of the past’
He recalled the "indescribable persecution" suffered by Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott, who faced the horrors of the Buchenwald concentration camp but went on to captain Britain's weightlifting team at the 1956 and 1960 Olympic Games.
Charles was speaking at a central London fundraiser for the World Jewish Relief (WJR) charity, which is working with people who are fleeing Syria and seeking new lives in Greece, Turkey and the UK.
He told the 500 invited guests: "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 in increasing danger of being forgotten."
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The charity was founded in 1933 to support people fleeing persecution from Nazi Europe.
[We] can to support people practically, emotionally and spiritually – particularly at a time when the horrific lessons of the last war seem in increasing danger of being forgotten
It created the Kindertransport, which brought thousands of Jewish refugee children to Britain from Nazi Germany between 1938 and 1940.
It now supports vulnerable people in 18 countries through activities including disaster relief, employment skills and providing older people with food, medicine and companionship.
Charles spoke of how he is proud to be a WJR patron because the charity sets an example of "true compassion and true friendship".
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It does this by reaching beyond its community to help those in need, regardless of their faith, he said.
Charles has been a long-standing supporter of Jewish communities in the UK and abroad. He and the Duchess of Cornwall have previously attended the commemorative ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day.