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John Stern, left, representing the living family members, looks at the painting of his grandfather Herman Stern, who posthumously received the Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award Thursday in Fargo. North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple, from left, North Dakota Secretary of State Al Jaeger and Merl Paaverud, director of the State Historical Society, were on stage to unveil the portrait. (Dave Wallis / Forum News Service)

Herman Stern honored posthumously with Theodore Roosevelt Rough Rider Award


FARGO — Michel Stern is the last living member of a group of more than 175 Jews who escaped the Holocaust and came to America with the help of his great-uncle, Herman Stern.

As a young boy, Michel Stern and his brother, who lived in Paris, hid under a canvas blanket as they were smuggled out of Nazi-occupied France on a bicycle. Six months later, in 1941, his family received visas to come to the U.S. thanks to his great-uncle.

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