Charles Aznavour, 93, received The Raoul Wallenberg Award for his family’s efforts to help Jews escape Nazi persecution during World War II.

Charles Aznavour

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Iconic French singer Charles Aznavour was awarded in Israel for his family’s involvement in rescuing Jews from Nazi persecution during World War II.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin presented Aznavour with The Raoul Wallenberg Award, named after the Swedish diplomat who helped thousands of Jews flee Hungary.

Aznavour, who has Armenian origins, said, “We have so many things in common, the Jews and the Armenians, in misfortune, in happiness, in work, in music, in the arts and in the ease of learning different languages and becoming important people in the countries where they have been received.”

Aznavour, 93, is known as France’s Frank Sinatra with hits such as “She,” “La Boheme” and “La Mamma.” He will be performing in Israel Saturday.