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25 July 2017 - 2 Av 5777 - ב' אב ה' אלפים תשע"ז
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Frank Lowy knighted by Queen in her Birthday Honours E-mail

Frank Lowy, a Holocaust survivor who fought in Israel’s War of Independence and went on to become a billionaire shopping magnate in Australia, was knighted last month in the UK as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Lowy is Chairman of the Westfield Corp, a global shopping centre company he cofounded in 1960, as well as a philanthropist.

A Slovakia native, Lowy settled in Australia in 1952 after evading the Nazis in Budapest and fighting in Israel’s 1948 war for independence.

“Frank Lowy is recommended for his contribution to the UK economy through the company he founded, Westfield, and its major investments in the UK,” his knighthood citation says.

Lowy said the genesis of his regard for the UK was listening to the BBC World Service as a young boy in war-torn Eastern Europe. He recalled that as a child he would huddle around a radio in a bunker, listening to the chimes of Big Ben in London introduce the latest war news. “It always gave us hope that help was on the way, and that the war would end in our favour,” he said.

Anton Block, the president of The Executive Council of Australian Jewry, congratulated Lowy on his recognition. “This is a singular honour and one that befits the immense contribution Mr Lowy has made as an innovator, a creator and a philanthropist,” he said.

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