Security is likely to have been very tight at the Central United Synagogue in the West End as the 74-year-old monarch marked the operation’s 85th anniversary.
Charles met the group from the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR) as well as Chief Rabbi Sir Ephraim Mirvis and Lord Lieutenant for London, Sir Kenneth Olisa.
He also met the synagogue’s president Michael Goldstein, its senior rabbi Barry Lerer, AJR trustees chair Michael Karp and AJR chief executive Michael Newman.
In a short clip, the King could be heard saying: ‘Some familiar faces,’ as he sat down to join them at the table.
Speaking to a man who was sat down, Charles, 74, said: ‘I hope you’re keeping in reasonable…’ to which he said: ‘We’re still here,’ which made the King chuckle.
Charles then said: ‘You are remarkable, I was trying to remember how old you were when you arrived,’ to which the man then responded: ‘I’m 98’.
The monarch then said: ’98. And you were what – six or seven, eight or something?’
The Monarch, 74, enjoyed a sweet moment with a group of refugees as he chatted to them today
King Charles was pictured chatting to a group of refugees who fled Nazi persecution as children
King Charles III unveils a plaque during a visit to the Central Synagogue in central London
King Charles III meets Kindertransport refugees, from the Association of Jewish Refugees
The royal’s visit is to commemorate the 85th Anniversary of Kristallnacht
Kristallnacht took place on Novermber 9, 1938 in Germany, when Nazis burned 267 synagogues and destroyed thousands of Jewish homes and businesses (Charles meeting Kindertransport refugees)
The Kindertransport scheme saved the lives of more than 10,000 Jewish children from the Nazi regime
The King unveiled a plaque to mark the visit and was introduced to refugees who escaped via the Kindertransport ahead of a commemorative Kristallnacht service.
Those in attendance were some of the earliest members of the AJR, which was formed in 1941 as a support group for Holocaust refugees and survivors in the UK.
Charles’s visit comes as many Jews are again living in fear in Britain amid pro-Palestinian protests.
Kindertransport was set up by the UK in 1938 following Kristallnacht, with the aim of allowing up to 10,000 children from Nazi-occupied Europe to come to the UK.
The Central British Fund, now called World Jewish Relief, was involved in bringing and caring for the unaccompanied mainly Jewish children.
As The Prince of Wales, The King attended a reception to mark the 80th anniversary of the Kindertransport in 2018. He also attended the 75th anniversary in 2013.
In 2014, Charles attended a performance of the Last Train to Tomorrow composed by Carl Davis in honour of the Kindertransport, which was performed at a concert at the Roundhouse in Camden, organised by AJR.
Kristallnacht – the Night of Broken Glass – saw Nazis terrorise Jews throughout Germany and Austria.
On November 9 and 10 in 1938, the Nazis killed at least 91 people and vandalised 7,500 Jewish businesses.
Security is likely to have been very tight at the Central United Synagogue in the West End
Charles met the group from the Association of Jewish Refugees (AJR)
King Charles III unveils a plaque during a visit to the Central Synagogue
They also burned more than 1,400 synagogues, according to Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.
Up to 30,000 Jewish men were arrested, many of them taken to concentration camps such as Dachau or Buchenwald.
Hundreds more killed themselves or died as a result of severe mistreatment in the camps years before official mass deportations began.
Kristallnacht was a turning point in the escalating persecution of Jews that eventually led to the murder of six million European Jews by the Nazis and their supporters during the Holocaust.
The King’s visit came as Queen Camilla commemorated the nation’s war dead at a sombre ceremony at Westminster Abbey’s Field of Remembrance.
Camilla paid tribute and recognised the sacrifices of those who fought and died for their country in her first visit to the abbey since the coronation.
Queen Camilla attends The 95th Year Of The Field Of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey
The Queen Consort moved around the Field of Remembrance and chatted to the veterans
Following prayers led by Dean of Westminster the Very Rev Dr David Hoyle and the Right Rev Anthony Ball, rector of St Margaret’s Church, the Queen placed a small wooden cross adorned with a red poppy into a larger cross made from the flowers forever associated with the First World War.
After placing the cross down, Camilla and hundreds of veterans fell silent at 11am as the chimes of Big Ben rang out.
After observing a two-minute silence, the Queen met minister for veterans’ affairs Johnny Mercer, as well as staff and supporters of the Poppy Factory, which organises all the memorial plots at the abbey.
Around 40,000 tributes, including symbols of all faiths, were laid out by volunteers in more than 300 plots in the grounds of Westminster Abbey ahead of the ceremony, as veterans and guests came together to remember fallen comrades and loved ones.
Camilla, wearing a green Rifles coat designed by Fiona Clare paired with a cape from Amanda Wakeley, then moved through crowds stopping to observe plots and speaking to representatives.
She moved around the Field of Remembrance and chatted to the veterans, quizzing them about their plots and thanking them for their service.
Camilla and hundreds of veterans fell silent at 11am as the chimes of Big Ben rang out
Among those Camilla met as she toured the plots was Robert Stockwell, 85, who served in the same regiment as her father Major Bruce Shand, the 12th Royal Lancers, in Wolfenbuttel, Germany, from 1956 to 1958.
He said: ‘There are very few of us left from the 12th Royal Lancers, so I feel I have to come and I will be at the Cenotaph on Sunday.’
Her visit comes as public opinion remains divided on a pro-Palestinian protest on Armistice Day, with some saying it is ‘absolutely appropriate’ to call for a ceasefire in Gaza while others have said they are ‘very wary’ to enter central London.
Hugh Jaeger, 59, from Oxford, said he will be taking part in the march on Saturday because ‘it seems absolutely appropriate that on Armistice Day of all days we march’.
Rob Lovelace, 35, from Cambridgeshire, who served with the British armed forces for 12 years, said he will be ‘very wary’ of the protest while paying a brief visit to the Cenotaph on Saturday, which he said was ‘heart-wrenching’ coming from a long line of family members to have served in the military.
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak hauled in Metropolitan Police chief Sir Mark Rowley for an emergency meeting on Wednesday about the march planned in London, saying he would hold the Scotland Yard boss ‘accountable’ if there was trouble.
Sir Mark has faced pressure from senior Tories to ban Saturday’s march but has said the law would only allow him to do so in ‘extreme cases’.