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'English Schindler' wins Czech award at 105

Published on May 20, 2014 6:37 AM
 
Sir Nicholas Winton, the British man who saved 669 children during WWII, attending the premiere of Nicky's Family, a new documentary movie on his life by Slovak director Matej Minac, in Prague, Czech Republic on Jan 20, 2011. Sir Winton will receive the Czech Republic's top honour, its president said on Monday, May 19, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: EPA

PRAGUE (AFP) - Englishman Nicholas Winton, who saved hundreds of Jewish children in Prague from the Nazis before World War II, will receive the Czech Republic's top honour, its president said on Monday.

"Your life, Sir Nicholas, is extraordinary for many reasons," President Milos Zeman said in a birthday message to the Briton of German-Jewish origin, who turned 105 on Monday.

"It provides above all an example of humanity, altruism, personal courage and modesty," he wrote, revealing the already knighted Winton will receive the Order of the White Lion on October 28.

Winton travelled to Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia - which has since split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia - while a young employee of the London stock exchange.

 
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