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Nazi Hunter Serge Klarsfeld receives top French award

FILE - In this Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017 file photo, French Nazi hunters Beate Klarsfeld and her husband Serge Klarsfeld look at photos of young Jews deported from France during the WWII, at the Shoah Memorial in Paris, France. French famous Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld was awarded France's highest honor, the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor, in a ceremony led by French President Emmanuel Macron. (AP Photo/Michel Euler, File)

PARIS (AP) — French Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld has been awarded France’s highest honor, the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor, in a ceremony led by President Emmanuel Macron.

The French presidency said Tuesday the intimate ceremony, in the presence of family and friends, was held Monday evening at the Elysee presidential palace in Paris.

His wife, 79-year-old Beate Klarsfeld, received the National Order of Merit in the same ceremony.

The two have dedicated their lives to the fight against impunity for perpetrators of the Holocaust.

Klarsfeld, 83, had already been decorated with a lower rank of the Legion of Honor in 2014.

A French Jew, he managed to escape the Gestapo in Nice in 1943. His father, Arno, was captured and deported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, where he died.

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