02:31AM, Saturday 02 August 2014
The German Embassy have honoured Sir Nicholas Winton for his efforts to rescue hundreds of Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.
The 105-year-old was invited to the embassy in Belgrave Square to receive the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Sir Nicholas, who lives in Pinkneys Green, is known as 'the British Schindler' after smuggling 669 Jewish children out of Czechoslovakia before the outbreak of the Second World War.
The cross was presented by ambassador Peter Ammon, who said: "Your story is that of an extraordinary man who organised the rescue of hundreds of children from the Nazi concentration camps and who yet remained an unsung hero for such a long time.
"These children were able to escape beyond reach of the unspeakable evil of the Nazi regime due to your bravery and selfless help."
Cliff Hillman, a friend of Sir Nicholas who went along earlier this month, said the ambassador explained to him that his generation is the first to have no direct links with those times and are interested in discovering the history behind it.
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