by the Forward

'British Schindler' Who Aided Kindertransport Wins Czech Highest Honor

A British man known as the British Oskar Schindler will receive the Czech Republic’s highest civilian honor.

Sir Nicholas Winton, 105, saved 669 Czechoslovak children from the Nazis while serving as a British diplomat. The mission was known as the Czech Kindertransport. The saved children have more than 5,000 descendants.

Winton is scheduled to receive the Order of the White Lion from Czech President Milos Zeman on Oct. 28 in Prague.

He has previously been honored by the Czech Republic on several occasions, including receiving the Czech Republic’s highest military decoration in 2007. He also was knighted in Britain.

It was first believed that he was too ill to travel, the Daily Mirror reported.

Winton, whose parents were German Jews, was raised as a Christian.

'British Schindler' Who Aided Kindertransport Wins Czech Highest Honor


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