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serve for all Jewish or­gan­i­sa­tions, both old and young.”

Thadeus Jakubow­icz, 69, pres­i­dent of the Krakow Jewish com­mu­nity since 1997, said: “When this started, I was pes­simistic be­cause so many peo­ple had asked the same ques­tion. When World Jewish Re­lief be­came in­volved, I be­gan to re­alise this might hap­pen. Now it has been built, it is a dream come true.”

Ka­rina Wrob­lewsqa, 59, the daugh­ter of a Holo­caust sur­vivor, said: “My mother is 90 and was not well enough to come, so Prince Charles said to give her his best wishes. He was so nice.”

The 85-year-old Leopold Kozlowski, a com­poser and con­duc­tor of klezmer mu­sic and a Krakow ghetto sur­vivor, found him­self talk­ing mu­sic with the Prince. “He wanted to dance with me,” said the oc­to­ge­nar­ian.

An­dres Spokoiny of the Amer­i­can Joint Dis­tri­bu­tion Com­mit­tee, which will help run the cen­tre, said: “He was very pleased that other peo­ple were part­ners in run­ning the cen­tre. He also said that when he wants some­thing, he never takes no for an an­swer.”

Allen Haber­berg runs the Ho­tel Eton in the town. “I told the Prince that my grand­fa­ther was on the last Kin­der­trans­port to Eng­land. So I am here now be­cause of what his grand­fa­ther did to al­low them to en­ter in 1939,” he said. His daugh­ter Natalia, eight, pre­sented Camilla with a bou­quet.

Ar­gen­tinian Men­del Freed­man was one of four Lubav­itch stu­dents who en­gaged the Prince for sev­eral min­utes. “He was ask­ing a num­ber of ques­tions, some about the March for the Liv­ing.”

Deputy Is­raeli am­bas­sador to Poland Yossi Levy said: “I thanked him from the depths of my heart for build­ing bridges be­tween Bri­tons, Poles, Is­raelis and Jews. I said it was Is­rael’s 60th birth­day and he said it was his, too.

“He said he had two rel­a­tives buried there [in Is­rael] and had never been, but that he would like to visit soon.”

WJR donor Cyril Den­nis said: “He was talk­ing about how im­por­tant it was to help com­mu­ni­ties and how he was in­volved in try­ing to re­gen­er­ate older com­mu­ni­ties in Eng­land.

“He also talked about green (en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly) cars.” His wife, Hi­lary, chat­ted with Camilla: “She was ab­so­lutely charm­ing and said this was her first visit to Poland.”

Amer­i­can-born Jes­sica Bayner, mean­while, tried to con­verse in Welsh. “I know some phrases such as ‘wel­come’ and ‘my name is Jes­sica’ but then he an­swered in Welsh and I didn’t know what he was talk­ing about,” she laughed.

As the cou­ple de­parted in a min­i­mo­tor­cade, WJR chair­man Nigel Lay­ton de­clared: “This has been a won­der­ful day for all of us. But with­out the Prince, it would not have hap­pened.”

PHOTO: ARTHUR ED­WARDS

Rabbi Edgar Gluck, chief rabbi of Gali­cia ( left), and Pol­ish Chief Rabbi Michael Schu­drich ( cen­tre), tell Prince Charles about the im­por­tance of mezuzah-fix­ing. The Prince seized the ham­mer af­ter the event

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