[Video below.] Britain’s Prince Charles, in a speech on Tuesday at a London memorial service, described the Holocaust as a lesson to all faiths and a means to help respond to turmoil in the Middle East.
“[International] Holocaust Memorial Day is not just a memorial to those six million innocent Jewish men, women and children – it is also universal because the Jews in this story represent all of us,” he said. “That is why the Holocaust is not just a Jewish tragedy, nor merely a dark page from the Second World War, but a warning and a lesson to all of us of all faiths in all times.”
The Prince of Wales outlined the Holocaust as “an unparalleled human tragedy and an act of evil unique in history” that must always be remembered. Commemorating the suffering that victims faced, and the unspeakable actions of the “Nazis diabolical enterprise,” will help future generations “understand not just what happened across Europe, but how this came to happen.”
He noted that the memory of the Holocaust will also help people make sense of other tragedies in countries such as Bosnia and Rwanda.
“It should also help us reflect on how we should respond to other dreadful events in the Middle East today,” he added. “We still often fail to stop these tragedies in time because the circumstances are always different.”
“But this only makes Holocaust Memorial Day more important and relevant than ever. It enables us to rally together to recognize the workings of wickedness, to exercise vigilance and, hopefully, to stop such atrocities in the future.”