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Claire 01-15-2005 07:03 AM

60th anniversary of Auschwitz's liberation
 
Which royals and high dignataries will be attending the cermony to mark the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz?

UK: HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex and Jack Straw, Foreign Secretary.
France: Jacques Chirac
Russia: President Vadimir Putin
Germany: Horst Koehler
Poland: President Aleksander Kwasniewski

Who will the Netherlands, Belgium, Swedan, Norway, Spain, Portugal, USA be sending?

Can we also posted pics. of the event here? Since it will involved all the royal houses, I didn't know where to post it.

Claire 01-15-2005 07:08 AM

Here is a site about the anniversary

http://www.auschwitz.org.pl/new/inde...b=stale&id=240

royal_sophietje 01-15-2005 07:09 AM

Beatrix and prime-minister Jan Peter Balkenende will represent the Netherlands.

Claire 01-15-2005 07:11 AM

Actually I found the list there, here is it. (I have italics the royals)


Albania: Prime Minister Fatos Nano
Armenia: Prime Minister Andranik Margaryan
Austria: President Heinz Fischer
Azerbaijan: Speaker of Parliament Murtuz Alasgarov
Belgium: King Albert II; Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt
Bosnia-Hertzegovina: Speaker of Presidium Borislav Parvanov
Bulgaria: President Georgi Parvanov
Croatia: President Stjepan Mesić, Prime Minister Ivo Sanader
Czech Republic: President Vaclav Klaus
Estonia: President Arnold Rüütel
Denmark: Prince Joahim
Finland: Speaker of Parliament Paavo Lipponen
France: President Jacques Chirac
Spain: Speaker of Upper Chamber of Parliament Javier Rojo
Greece: President Kostis Stephanopoulos
Ireland: President Mary McAleese
Israel: President Moshe Katsav
Lithuania: Prime Minister Algirdas Brazauskas
Luxembourg: Grand Duke Henri
Latvia: President Vaira Vike - Freiberga
Netherlands: Queen Beatrix; Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende
Germany: President Horst Kőhler
Norway: Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, Prince Haakon
Russian Federation: President Wladimir Putin
Romania: President Traian Basescu
Serbia and Montenegro: President Svetozar Marović
Slovakia: President Ivan Gašparovič
Slovenia: President Janez Drnovšek
Switzerland President Samuel Schmid
Sweden: Princess Victoria
Speaker of Parliament: Bjorn von Sydow
Ukraine: President - elect Wiktor Juszczenko
European Union: President of the European Commission Manuel Barroso; President of the European Parliament Joseph Borell
Vatican: Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger
Hungary: President Ferenc Mădl
UK: Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, Jack Straw, Foreign Minister

Yennie 01-15-2005 07:16 AM

Victoria will be there? I had no idea...

susan alicia 01-15-2005 08:35 AM

denmark and england are not sending their highest in rank, is there anything more important going on at that day?
what is that lovely story about something brave the danish king did in during the german occupation of kopenhagen?

Claire 01-15-2005 08:43 AM

The British are holding their own memorial service in St. Paul's. The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh and Tony Blair will be attending there with hundreds of surviours from various concentration camps.

H.M. Margrethe 01-15-2005 09:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by susanstotz
denmark and england are not sending their highest in rank, is there anything more important going on at that day?
what is that lovely story about something brave the danish king did in during the german occupation of kopenhagen?

King Christian 10. of Denmark ride on a hors every day until he felt of his horse in 1944.
King Christian did not have a Jewishstar on his coat when he was out in the public.

KikkiB 01-15-2005 09:50 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by H.M. Margrethe
King Christian 10. of Denmark ride on a hors every day until he felt of his horse in 1944.
King Christian did not have a Jewishstar on his coat when he was out in the public.

Just wondering...Wasn't King Christian a protestant since that is the major religion in Scandinavia at that time? So why would he have a star on his coat if he wasn't jewish? Did he have one to show symathy with the jews? King Haakon didn't have one and he was a protestant. I'm just being curious...

H.M. Margrethe 01-15-2005 10:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by KikkiB
Just wondering...Wasn't King Christian a protestant since that is the major religion in Scandinavia at that time? So why would he have a star on his coat if he wasn't jewish? Did he have one to show symathy with the jews? King Haakon didn't have one and he was a protestant. I'm just being curious...

King Christian was a protestant and he did not have a star on his coat during the war. If King Christian in public was sympathize with the jews her in Denmark he migth been killede by the German army at ordres from Hitler.
I know that King Frederik and Queen Ingrid during the war was helping som of ther frindes flee to Sweden and they was jews.

Claire 01-15-2005 10:23 AM

I've never heard this about Christian X of Denmark. Its great to see that he stood up for what he knew was right, even though it meant he could have been killed. I would love to know more. Did he just do it in definance of the Nazi occupation and in retailiation of their treatment of the jews.

Princess Andrew of Greece (Princess Alice) also hide jews in France and also helped them flee.

KikkiB 01-15-2005 10:29 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by H.M. Margrethe
King Christian 10. of Denmark ride on a hors every day until he felt of his horse in 1944.
King Christian did not have a Jewishstar on his coat when he was out in the public.

I didn't mean to start a whole discussion about religions and what the King did or didn't do! I just didn't understand what this quote meant. I might have misinterpretated it:) The Danish royal family and its history is not my field of expertice.

H.M. Margrethe 01-15-2005 10:38 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Claire
I've never heard this about Christian X of Denmark. Its great to see that he stood up for what he knew was right, even though it meant he could have been killed. I would love to know more. Did he just do it in definance of the Nazi occupation and in retailiation of their treatment of the jews.

Princess Andrew of Greece (Princess Alice) also hide jews in France and also helped them flee.

Yes he did it in definance to the Nazi occupation an becaus he knew what they did to the jewz. When he had birthday doing the war he receivede a birthday telegram from Hitler and the only answer Hitler got was "Thank You Christian Rex Denmark" so Hitler got upset at King Christian.

susan alicia 01-15-2005 03:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by H.M. Margrethe
King Christian 10. of Denmark ride on a hors every day until he felt of his horse in 1944.
King Christian did not have a Jewishstar on his coat when he was out in the public.

do you mean he was not allowed to leave the palace and did it anyway?
did he wear a jewish star while on his horse in protest because jewish danes had to do so?

H.M. Margrethe 01-15-2005 04:08 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by susanstotz
do you mean he was not allowed to leave the palace and did it anyway?
did he wear a jewish star while on his horse in protest because jewish danes had to do so?

No i mean that after his fall from the horse he was to spend the last of his lifetime in a wheelchair.
No King Christian did not wear a jewish star on his coat when he was out riding on his horse. It has always been a rumor but it is not tru Queen Margrethe said it on a program about the Royal familys her in Europe.

norwegianne 01-15-2005 04:38 PM

King Christian used to ride through the streets of Copenhagen every day during the early years of the occupation.

There is an urban legend going around that he was wearing one of the yellow stars while he was doing it. It is written about in an American picture book for children: The Yellow Star: The legend of King Christian X of Denmark, by Carmen Deedy.

Queen Margrethe confirmed, in the television series A Royal Family, that it was merely an urban legend.

The number of Danish Jews sent to the concentration camps was considerably less than other countries, as most of them escaped to Sweden.

selrahc4 01-15-2005 05:35 PM

Let's hope the press coverage will reflect the true spirit of the event and not include any references to Prince Harry.

ElisaR 01-15-2005 07:20 PM

:eek: Oh, dear! I read the list and I didn't find.... ITALY!!!!
Why isn't my country represented? :(

(Btw, we weren't in Normady either, last year :mad: ).

Also Spain is missing. :confused:

susan alicia 01-16-2005 05:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ElisaR
:eek: Oh, dear! I read the list and I didn't find.... ITALY!!!!
Why isn't my country represented? :(

(Btw, we weren't in Normady either, last year :mad: ).

Also Spain is missing. :confused:

Berluscioni....... (what a joke that man is).

Spain is not missing but their respresentative is hardly on the same line as beatrix etc.

HMQueenElizabethII 01-16-2005 08:11 AM

On that day in UK,Queen Elizabeth II will also attend a Service at Westminster Abbey.


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