Honouring a hero
Lady (Milena) Grenfell-Baines was born in Prague in 1929 and came to the UK on the last “Winton Train”. In the 1960s she worked as an interpreter and was responsible for “smuggling” forbidden technical publications and books written by dissidents to the Czech Republic. Among her many achievements, Lady Grenfell-Baines received the Jan Masaryk ‘Gratis Agit’ award, by the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs for remaining a faithful patriot, an ambassador of goodwill of culture and history of the Czech Republic. She became Lady Grenfell-Baines when her husband, architect George Grenfell-Baines, was knighted in 1978. She is Chairman of the Friends of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, an Honorary Fellow of the University of Central Lancashire and works tirelessly to ensure the lessons of the Holocaust are not forgotten. She has two children, four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.