Hungary honored a Red Cross representative for saving thousands of Hungarians, many of them Jews, at the end of World War II.Officials dedicated a plague at Pannonhalma Abbey to Swiss national Eduard Benedek Brunschweiler, who protected about 3,000 people at the abbey at the end from 1944-45.

He was expelled from Hungary when Soviet forces liberated the country in 1945.

During the Holocaust in Hungary, “few had the courage to help persecuted Jews,â€? Peter Feldmayer, president of the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities, wrote in a letter read at Monday’s ceremony at the abbey, 125 miles west of Budapest, The Associated Press reported. Brunschweiler died in 1987 at the age of 77.