With respect to Cardinal Jean-Marie Lustiger, who represented the Pope at the ceremonies on January 28 and who recently retired as Archbishop of Paris, his parents were Polish-Jews from the town of Bedzin in south-western Poland of which he is an honourary citizen
, the following story might be of interest.
SIR Edmund Hillary, who conquered Mount Everest in 1953, has been made an honourary citizen
Tracked down through my publishers by a Communist factory worker turned local historian, I received an invitation from the sindaco -- the mayor of Campi Bisenzio, who unexpectedly was a woman -- to join in the celebrations for the anniversary of the Liberation and to be made an honourary citizen
for having -- as the citation says -- `taken an active part in the armed struggle' and `having fought as a partisan' in what -- somewhat to my surprise -- I found was now called 'the battle of Valibona'.