U.K.'s Prince Charles: Holocaust Lessons Being Forgotten

Also at charity dinner, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis says Trump 'seeks to discriminate based totally on religion or nationality.'

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Prince Charles aboard an antique steam engine last week.
Prince Charles aboard an antique steam engine last week. Credit: Alastair Grant/AP

The lessons of the Holocaust are in danger of being forgotten, Britain's Prince Charles said on Monday night at the annual dinner of the World Jewish Relief humanitarian agency, the Guardian reported.

“In my own life, I have always tried to reach across the boundaries of faith and community; to extend a helping hand wherever one might be needed,” the heir to the throne said, in a speech that came three days after U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order indefinitely banning Syrian refugees from his country and suspending entry for people from seven Muslim countries.

More than 1.6 million people have signed a petition calling Prime Minister Theresa May to withdraw her invitation to Trump to make an official state visit to the United Kingdom. Prince Charles would be expected to take part in hosting Trump and his entourage, were the visit to take place.

The agency's charity work was particularly needed “at a time when the horrific lessons of the last war seem to be in increasing danger of being forgotten,” the prince said.

U.K. Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis was more explicit in his condemnation of Trump’s executive order during his speech at the dinner.

“There are so many millions of refugees are receiving no hope from countries closing their borders to them – and not much hope from the United States of America of all countries. President Trump has signed an executive order that seeks to discriminate based totally on religion or nationality,” he said.

“We as Jews, perhaps more than any others, know what it’s like to be the victims of discrimination.”

“In the Jewish religion, when it comes to acts of kindness and benevolence, we recognize no borders," Mirvis added. "Wherever he or she might be, they are counted as what we call mishpacha – part of our global family.”

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