Royal thrill for survivors
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.”