William remembers Holocaust victims during Israel visit


The Duke of Cambridge learnt about the individual stories of Holocaust victims through their possessions, other artefacts and moving testimonies as he paid his respects to the millions killed by the Nazi regime.

William was taken on a guided tour of Yad Vashem, the World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem, which recounts the history of the Holocaust, the extermination of six million Jewish people during the Second World War.

The museum attempts to tells the story of the Holocaust through individual stories and ultimately the story of a single person.

Duke of Cambridge Middle East tour Day 3
Duke of Cambridge Middle East tour Day 3

In the Hall of Names, described by the museum as a virtual cemetery for those whose resting place is unknown, the names and personal details of millions of victims have been recorded on Pages of Testimony, symbolic tombstones.

There is also an exhibition about the notorious Auschwitz concentration camp with artefacts collected to describe in detail how people were systematically murdered by the Nazis.

The Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis joined William for his visit and was later due to play part in a simple but moving ceremony in the museum's Hall of Remembrance where the duke will lay a wreath.