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Czech president congratulates Sir Nicholas Winton on 105th birthday, plans to honor him

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    FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 4, 2009 file photo, Nicholas Winton, who organized the Winton Train rescue of children 70 years ago is seen at Liverpool Street station in London. Czech President Milos Zeman has congratulated Nicholas Winton on his 105th birthday Monday May 19, 2014 .Winton organized mass evacuations of children to save them from being sent to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps and announced he will award him the highest Czech state decoration. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth, File)The Associated Press

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    FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 file photo, Nicholas Winton, 101, who had organized the rescue of 669 mainly Jewish children by train from Prague in 1939 holds flowers during the premiere of a new movie based on his life story called "Nicky's Family" in Prague, Czech Republic. Czech President Milos Zeman has congratulated Nicholas Winton on his 105th birthday Monday May 19, 2014 .Winton organized mass evacuations of children to save them from being sent to their deaths in Nazi concentration camps and announced he will award him the highest Czech state decoration. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek, File)The Associated Press

The president of the Czech Republic has congratulated a Briton who organized mass evacuations of children to save them from Nazi concentration camps and announced he will award him the highest Czech state decoration.

In a letter released Monday on Sir Nicholas Winton's 105th birthday, President Milos Zeman tells Winton that the extraordinary story of his life is an example of humanity, selflessness, personal bravery and modesty.

Zeman says he will award Winton the Order of the White Lion on Oct. 28 and invited him to receive it in Prague.

Winton arranged eight trains to carry 669 children, most of them Jewish, from Czechoslovakia through Germany to Britain at the outbreak of World War II in 1939.

Czechs have repeatedly nominated Winton for the Nobel Peace Prize.