In awarding Charlotte Knobloch the Large Federal Cross of Merit with a star on Tuesday, President Christian Wulff thanked her for work toward reconciliation in post-World War II Germany.
The 78-year-old Knobloch witnessed the Nazi destruction of the Munich synagogue in 1938 and survived Nazi Germany by hiding with a German family. When her term as head of the Jewish council ends on November 28, she is expected to be the last survivor to lead it.
An estimated 200,000 Jews live in Germany today.
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