Prince Charles praises 'selfless' heroism of Princess Alice of Greece

Mail Online | 1/27/1945 | Joe Middleton For Mailonline
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Prince Charles paid homage on Thursday to his grandmother, Princess Alice, for sheltering Jews in Nazi-occupied Greece during World War II.

The Prince of Wales was addressing a Holocaust memorial ceremony attended by some 40 world leaders in Jerusalem.

'I - Inspiration - Actions - Dear - Grandmother

'I have long drawn inspiration from the selfless actions of my dear grandmother, Princess Alice of Greece, who in 1943 in Nazi-occupied Athens, saved a Jewish family by taking them into her home and hiding them,' the prince said at the forum in the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial centre.

'My grandmother, who is buried on the Mount of Olives, has a tree planted in her name here at Yad Vashem and is counted as one of the Righteous Among the Nations ... a fact which gives me and my family immense pride.'

Princess - Alice - Battenberg - Greece - Mother-in-law

Princess Alice of Battenberg and Greece was the mother-in-law of Britain's Queen Elizabeth. A devout Christian, she died in London in 1969 and had asked to be buried in Jerusalem, next to her aunt, who like Alice had become a nun and founded a convent.

In 1993, the princess received the highest honour Yad Vashem bestows on non-Jews for hiding three members of the Cohen family in her palace in Athens during World War Two.

Thursday - Charles - Israel - President - Reuven

Earlier on Thursday, Charles met Israel's President Reuven Rivlin and expressed a commitment to combat anti-Semitism.

During his speech Prince Charles also urged nations to learn the 'lessons' of the Holocaust as he joined world leaders in condemning the scourge of anti-Semitism.

Extermination - People - World - War - Tragedy

He described the extermination of six million Jewish people during the Second World War as a 'universal human tragedy' affecting all, not just the families of those killed by the Nazi regime.

The heir to the throne spoke during the World Holocaust Forum in Israel and told guests, who included Russian President Vladimir Putin and France's President Emmanuel Macron, the story...
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