Reading another thread which mentioned Alan Bennett (http://forum.pons.eu/de/forum-deutsch-englisch/suche-deutsche-%C3%9Cbersetzung/tie-n-die-t10805.html), it struck me that he is considered by many in Britain to be a “national treasure”.
i.e. "an artefact, institution, or public figure regarded as being emblematic of a nation’s cultural heritage or identity: national treasure Dame Judi was nominated in the best actress category"
And I wondered if there was a similar/equivalent German term? And, also, who Germans think of as their national treasures?
Looking forward to your suggestions.