Jewish 'Monuments Man' accepts medal from German hometown
Published on Feb 16, 2014 10:46 PM
BERLIN (AFP) - A Jewish member of the "Monuments Men", a team of experts who rescued Nazi-looted artworks during World War II, accepted a medal from his German hometown at the weekend, media reported on Sunday.
Harry Ettlinger, 88, who had already attended a red-carpet screening of George Clooney's new The Monuments Men movie about the group at the Berlin film festival last week, received the so-called Staufer Medal at an art museum in Karlsruhe, southwestern Germany.
The prize is awarded for service to the state of Baden-Wuerttemberg and was presented by the region's top culture official, Juergen Walter.
"I never expected such a big honour," Ettlinger said as he accepted the medal, according to German news agency DPA.
To continue reading, log in if you are a subscriber
Enjoy 2 weeks of unlimited digital access to The Straits Times. Get your free access now!