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Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Remember Holocaust Survivors

Prince William and Kate are attending a commemorative service for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prime Minister Boris Johnson have joined Holocaust survivors in London to mark the 75th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

A commemorative service, run by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, is remembering victims and survivors of Nazi persecution as well as subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur.

Prince William read an extract from a letter written by a friend of his great-grandmother Princess Alice – famed for saving a Jewish family from the Holocaust – about her good deeds.

"The princess put a small two-room apartment on the third floor at the disposal of Mrs Cohen and her daughter," he said.

"It was thanks to the courageous rescue of Princess Alice that the members of the Cohen family were saved.

"The members of the Cohen family left the residence three weeks after liberation, aware that by virtue of the princess’s generosity and bravery had spared them from the Nazis."

Ahead of Monday’s service, Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, said she was pleased the royal couple had been able to attend the ceremony alongside members of the UK’s political, civic and faith leadership.

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The Duchess of Cambridge arrives at Central Hallto attend the UK Holocaust Memorial Day commemorative ceremony 2020 (Picture: Reuters).

Photographs of survivors taken by the duchess for an exhibition marking 75 years since the end of the Holocaust were released on Sunday.

Kate, who took the pictures at Kensington Palace earlier this month, has described the survivors in her portraits as "two of the most life-affirming people that I have had the privilege to meet".

Meanwhile, the Duchess of Cornwall joined more than 200 Holocaust survivors who returned to Auschwitz-Birkenau to commemorate the anniversary of its liberation.

Camilla was among dignitaries from across the world who attended the service in Poland on Monday afternoon.

The ceremony was held in a tent erected around the camp’s gatehouse, referred to as the Gate of Death by prisoners.

The duchess led the UK delegation and was joined by concentration camp survivors Renee Salt, 90, and Hannah Lewis, 82.

Holocaust Memorial Day has taken place in the UK since 2001, with a UK event and over 10,000 local activities taking place on or around this date each year.

Cover image: Prince William addresses the audience at the Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 event in London (Picture: Reuters).