Royal thrill for sur­vivors

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY BEN WEICH

PRINCE CHARLES has met two Bri­tish Holo­caust sur­vivors at the Jewish Mu­seum in Vi­enna, as part of an of­fi­cial visit to Aus­tria.

Freddie Knoller and Harry Bib­ring, who were both born in the city, were pre­sented to the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Corn­wall.

Mr Knoller, 95, sur­vived AuschwitzBirke­nau, while 91-year-old Mr Bib­ring ar­rived in Bri­tain as a child on the Kin­der­trans­port.

Both learned after the Holo­caust that their par­ents had been mur­dered, and they re­built their lives in Bri­tain.

Mr Bib­ring said: “It was the fourth time I’ve met Prince Charles and he was amaz­ing. I showed him pic­tures of my father’s shop be­fore it was de­stroyed. It was re­ally very mov­ing. I am so proud that as a royal he takes such an in­ter­est in Holo­caust ed­u­ca­tion.

Mr Bib­ring de­scribed how the Duchess Prince Charles greets Harry Bib­ring at the Jewish Mu­seum in Vi­enna

of Corn­wall recog­nised him from a pre­vi­ous meet­ing. “She ran up to me to say hello. It was so nice. I haven’t been able to come down from the high of it all — my head has been too big for the door­ways.”

Mr Knoller said he was “so happy” to be in Vi­enna to re­mem­ber his par­ents.

Both men speak on be­half of the

Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tional Trust, which ar­ranged the visit with the Prince of Wales and Duchess of Corn­wall.

Karen Pol­lock, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of HET, said Mr Knoller and Mr Bib­ring were in­cred­i­bly touched to be part of such a me­morable day and in par­tic­u­lar by the im­mense warmth, at­ten­tion and in­ter­est from the Prince and Duchess.”

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