Holocaust survivor’s trip to see hero rescuer get top honour

Lady Milena Grenfell Baines, left with Sir Nicholas George Winton MBE
Lady Milena Grenfell Baines, left with Sir Nicholas George Winton MBE
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A holocaust survivor who escaped the Nazis as a young girl attended a special ceremony to honour the man who saved her.

Lady Milena Grenfell Baines is back at her Preston home after attending a service which saw 105-year-old Sir Nicholas Winton awarded the Czech Republic’s highest honour.

Sir Nicholas Winton was given the Order of the White Lion by the Czech president during a ceremony at Prague Castle. Lady Milena Grenfell Baines from Preston attended

Sir Nicholas Winton was given the Order of the White Lion by the Czech president during a ceremony at Prague Castle. Lady Milena Grenfell Baines from Preston attended

She was one of 699 Jewish children who escaped from Prague to the UK on trains organised by the stockbroker just days before the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939.

Sir Nicholas Winton was 29 when he arranged trains. This week he was given the Order of the White Lion by the Czech president during a ceremony at Prague Castle.

Lady Grenfell Baines, of West Cliff, said: “It was an amazing event. I have been to the palace before, I know the rooms, I often take groups there, but to be actually part of the ceremony was amazing.

“There was seven of us there from the train. There’s only a few left these days. We are spread out all over the world, there’s some in America and Australia.

“I was right in front of the Czech President. He said it’s ‘better late than never’.”

Lady Grenfell Baines has kept in touch with Sir Winton and often visits him at his home in Maidenhead.

“He himself is a very modest person. This came almost out of the blue, when it was his birthday in May when he became 105 that’s when the Czech President he decided he should be given this honour.

“All of us are delighted. You can never praise him enough for what he did really. We can never be thankful enough. If he didn’t do what he did we wouldn’t be here.”