Czech Republic to award ‘British Oskar Schindler’ with highest civilian honor

Sir Nicholas Winton, 105, saved 669 Czechoslovak children from the Nazis while serving as a British diplomat.

October 15, 2014 16:20
Nicholas Winton

Sir Nicholas Winton in Prague. (photo credit: WIKIMEDIA COMMONS/LI-SUNG)


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A British man known as the British Oskar Schindler is due receive the Czech Republic’s highest civilian honor at the end of October.

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 October 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.

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