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QUEEN ELIZABETH II depicted in a 2000 official portrait

WJC Head Lauder: Queen Elizabeth Was Symbol of Resistance Against Nazis

Following the passing of the UK’s Queen Elizabeth II, The World Jewish Congress expressed its condolences over her death.

She has been, according to WJC President Ronald S. Lauder, a source of both inspiration and comfort to many throughout her entire life, from Anne Frank in her hiding place in Amsterdam, to just a few years ago in 2015, when she and her late husband Prince Philip “visited the former Nazi concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen in northern Germany, where Anne Frank died, to commemorate its liberation by British troops.”

Anne received a postcard with a photograph of the 10-year-old Princess Elizabeth from her aunt in May 1937. She later put it on the wall of her hiding place in the annex and wrote in her diary about Elizabeth when the future queen celebrated her 18th birthday in June 1944, two months before Anne’s hiding place was revealed.

“Queen Elizabeth’s refusal to flinch in the face of evil, but instead to fight it with every formidable fiber of her character will be an inspiration for generations to come,” Lauder said. (JPost / VFI News)

“God, we ask that you let all nations be aware of Queen Elizabeth’s II actions against Nazism, so that people are not only aware of her kind, just, loyal nature, but also are enabled to emulate those invaluable traits.”