(JTA) — A Jewish refugee from the Nazis who arrived in England on the Kindertransport was knighted.
Erich Reich, 74, has raised millions of dollars for local charities through his company, Classic Tours, which organizes overseas fundraising challenges.
Reich, chairman of the Kindertransport Group of the Association of Jewish Refugees, organized the celebration last year of the 70th anniversary of the decision by Britain’s parliament to accept the children escaping Nazi-occupied Europe on the eve of World War II.
"I want to thank the people of Britain for allowing the Kinder to come to the UK and for this amazing honor," he said.
Reich arrived in Britain at the age of 4 and never saw his parents again.
New Year’s Honors recognize mostly unknown Britons for a lifetime of good work.