A Briton who helped hundreds of Jewish children avoid being sent to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps from Czechoslovakia shortly before World War II received Tuesday the country's highest military decoration.
Sir Nicholas Winton, 98, was awarded the Cross of Merit of the 1st class by Defense Minister Vlasta Parkanova for saving 669 Czechoslovak children by organizing train transport from Prague to London at the outbreak of the war in 1939.
"I am completely overwhelmed that should happen to me for something I did before most of you were born," Winton said during a ceremony at the defense ministry. "I thank you all."
In all, eight trainloads carried the mostly Jewish children through Hitler's Germany to Britain.