World War II veteran Stephan Lewy to receive French Legion of Honor
“Needless to say, I am a very pleased individual,” Lewy said.
“I was probably one in a million child survivors who found their parents,” he said.
“Looking back, I was very lucky. I wasn’t sent away to any camps,” he said.
In 1944, he enlisted in the Army and arrived on Utah Beach in Normandy 10 days after D-Day and served as an intelligence specialist. During the war, he served as an interrogator of enemy leaders and participated in the liberation of the Buchenwald concentration camp and in tracking down Nazi soldiers who were part of perpetrating the Holocaust.
He also was part of campaigns in Northern France, the Ardennes, the Rhineland and in Central Europe. For his service in the war, he was awarded the Bronze Star, the World War II Victory Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal.
He said he planned to live a quiet retirement until he saw “Schindler’s List,” the Oscar-winning 1993 film by Steven Spielberg about the Holocaust.
Since then, he has told his story to thousands of schoolchildren in the hopes they are inspired not to hate.
Lewy will be presented the award by Fabien Fieschi, the French consul general in Boston, and Gov. Maggie Hassan.
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