People: Kate Middleton Revealed She and Prince William Have Discussed the Holocaust with George & Charlotte

Kate Middleton and Prince William attended the poignant Holocaust Memorial Service in London, where the mother of three revealed that she and her husband discussed the Holocaust with their children. 

At the Memorial Service, they had the opportunity of meeting and speaking with the survivors of the Holocaust. While speaking with a survivor identified as Mala Tribich at the reception, Kate said:

"We were talking to the children about it earlier today. But we had to be, you know, for a 6-year-old… the interpretation."

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles as they visit an Army Canine Centre, where the UK provides support to a programme that trains dogs to identify explosive devices, during day five of their royal tour of Pakistan | Photo: Getty Images

Prince William, Duke of Cambridge and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge smiles as they visit an Army Canine Centre, where the UK provides support to a programme that trains dogs to identify explosive devices, during day five of their royal tour of Pakistan | Photo: Getty Images

Kate suggested that she and William had to be careful with their words when they explained the mass killing of six million Jews by the Nazi forces to her young children. 

The Cambridge Royals met with 12 survivors of genocide, among which included those persecuted by the Nazis, as well as others from Rwanda, Bosnia, Darfur, and Cambodia. 

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As part of the commemorations for the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust, The Duchess of Cambridge has taken photographs of two Holocaust survivors with their grandchildren. The first photograph features Steven Frank with his granddaughters, Maggie and Trixie. Alongside his mother and brothers, Steven was sent to Westerbork transit camp then to Theresienstadt. Steven and his brothers were 3 of only 93 children who survived the camp - 15,000 children were sent there. The Duchess also photographed Yvonne Bernstein with her granddaughter Chloe. Yvonne was a hidden child in France, travelling in the care of her aunt and uncle and frequently changing homes and names. The Duchess said: “I wanted to make the portraits deeply personal to Yvonne and Steven – a celebration of family and the life that they have built since they both arrived in Britain in the 1940s. The families brought items of personal significance with them which are included in the photographs. It was a true honour to have been asked to participate in this project and I hope in some way Yvonne and Steven’s memories will be kept alive as they pass the baton to the next generation.” The portraits will form part of a new exhibition opening later this year by @holocaustmemorialdaytrust, Jewish News and @royalphotographicsociety , which will feature 75 images of survivors and their family members. The exhibition will honour the victims of the Holocaust and celebrate the full lives that survivors have built in the UK, whilst inspiring people to consider their own responsibility to remember and share the stories of those who endured Nazi persecution. Portraits ©The Duchess of Cambridge

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One of the survivors, 82-year-old Yvonne Bernstein, was among those who had their portraits recently taken by the Duchess of Cambridge. The candle lighting part of the ceremony proved to be emotional. 

William also praised his late mother, Princess Diana, for allowing him and Harry to interact with those who were less fortunate

First, six candles were lit, before Prince William and Kate Middleton, who looked visibly moved, lit their candles, turned, and went back to join the congregation, starting a chain of candle lighting. 

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge today attended the UK #HolocaustMemorialDay Commemorative Ceremony at Central Hall in Westminster. Holocaust Memorial Day takes place on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and honours victims and survivors of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution, and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Throughout the Holocaust, many people risked their lives to help others. During the ceremony, The Duke read an extract from a letter written about his great-grandmother, Princess Alice, which described how she helped hide her Jewish friends, the Cohens, in her home. During the service, 75 candles of remembrance were lit to represent the 75th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust. After the ceremony, The Duke and Duchess spoke to Holocaust survivors, and survivors of genocides which have happened since.

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Kate told Tribich and a group of people that she felt emotional listening to their touching stories. Putting her hand on Tribich's arm, Kate told her that she was fantastic, before asking how she recited her story to her schoolchildren. She said:

"Do your experiences resonate with them? Do they feel they can do something for their generation? So many families are totally torn apart by the trauma and how that plays out over the generations."

Tribich also spoke with reporters later and narrated her discussion with the Duchess, including Kate telling her children about the Holocaust and the impact her stories had on schoolchildren. 

The Kensington Royal shared three behind-the-scenes photos of Kate's interaction with Yvonne Bernstein and Steven Frank, who were both subjects of the portraits she recently took. 

In the post's caption, William and Kate said that her portraits would be included in an exhibition of 75 images of survivors and their family members, which would open later in the year. 

Meanwhile, it seems like Prince George and Princess Charlotte have taken an interest in the plight of the needy. This fact was made known by their father during his and Kate's interview with BBC's baking expert, Merry Berry.

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Today is #HolocaustMemorialDay, which takes place each year on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, and honours survivors of the Holocaust, Nazi Persecution, and subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. Earlier this month, The Duchess of Cambridge met two Holocaust survivors, Steven Frank and Yvonne Bernstein, as she took photographs for a project by @holocaustmemorialdaytrust, Jewish News and @royalphotographicsociety to mark 75 years since the end of the Holocaust. The Duchess’s photographs will be included in an exhibition of 75 images of survivors and their family members, which will open later this year. “The harrowing atrocities of the Holocaust, which were caused by the most unthinkable evil, will forever lay heavy in our hearts. Yet it is so often through the most unimaginable adversity that the most remarkable people flourish. Despite unbelievable trauma at the start of their lives, Yvonne Bernstein and Steven Frank are two of the most life-affirming people that I have had the privilege to meet. They look back on their experiences with sadness but also with gratitude that they were some of the lucky few to make it through. Their stories will stay with me forever.” – The Duchess of Cambridge Photographs © Kensington Palace

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They appeared on Mary's show, "A Berry Royal Christmas," where they helped in preparing a festive party for some of their charity organizations. 

Prince William revealed that whenever he drove Charlotte and George to school, and they saw someone sleeping on the street, he would point it out and explain to them and that they were very interested in the topic. 

They would then ask him why those people wouldn't go home. Prince William also praised his late mother, Princess Diana, for allowing him and Prince Harry to interact with those who were less fortunate. 

He added that such an experience had a profound impact on him and that Princess Diana knew that by doing so, she was teaching them a life lesson. 

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