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Holocaust Memorial UK: William And Kate Light Candles In Commemoration

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have joined genocide survivors to light candles at an International Holocaust Memorial Day event in London.

The royals, PM and faith leaders attended the service in London, to mark 75 years since the former Nazi death camp of Auschwitz was liberated.

The duke gave a reading and the couple spoke to survivors of the Holocaust and more recent genocides.

Earlier, dozens of leaders joined survivors at Auschwitz in Poland.

At Central Hall in Westminster, survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides, and their relatives, spoke of their experiences during an hour-long event hosted by BBC newsreader Huw Edwards.

Holocaust survivors Arek Hersh, Mala Tribich, Yvonne Bernstein, Clarke, Rachel Levy and Manfred Goldberg all lit ceremonial candles.

And there were dramatic readings of first-hand accounts of the horrors experienced during the genocide by actors Nina Wadia, Rebecca Front, Martin Shaw and Sir Simon Russell Beale.

Holocaust Memorial UK

Holocaust Memorial UK

In a speech, Prince William paid tribute to his great-grandmother Princess Alice, he said risked her own life to save a Jewish family – the Cohens – in Athens in 1943.

Alice’s bravery was recognised by Israel which in 1993 posthumously bestowed the title of Righteous Among the Nations on her.

– BBC

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