A British man now living in France has received the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest award, in a ceremony earlier this month on a French warship in Haifa harbour.
Walter Bingham, 94, who fled to Britain from Germany after Kristallnacht in 1939, took part in the D-Day landings at Normandy in 1944, landing on the beaches as an ambulance driver.
During a moving ceremony onboard the anti-submarine frigate Jean de Vienne, the French ambassador Helene Le Gal pinned the red award to his chest, saying: “France wants to thank you officially for your commitment.”
Last year Bingham, who has worked as a journalist and actor, broke a Guinness world record by becoming the oldest radio talk show host, after making aliyah in 2004.
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— La France en Israël (@ambfranceisrael) February 15, 2018