Queen Elizabeth II awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) to 101-year-old WWII veteran Lt. Col. Mordaunt Cohen for his services to education in relating his war experiences to school children, Britain’s Jewish Chronicle reported.
Cohen, Britain’s oldest surviving Jewish WWII veteran, dedicated his award to the “soldiers who didn’t come home.” He joined the army after hearing about the suffering of Jews in Nazi Germany and commanded a battalion fighting the Japanese in Burma.
“When I was commanding troops many miles from here, in very tough conditions, never did I even imagine that aged 101, I would receive such an honor,” he said of the award.
Four years ago, the retired solicitor missed England’s Victory Day memorial services in order to avoid chillul Shabbos.
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