Sir Nicholas Winton is someone who is humble yet he saved 669 Jewish Czechoslovakia children from death camps with his mother between 1938-1939. Together, they went to Prague and helped find homes for as many children as they could.
At the time, the U.K. provided legislation that allowed Jewish refugees under the age of 17 to live in Britain. That is, under two conditions: they had to have a family to live with and a deposit of £50 for when they move back to Germany when they are old enough to live on their own.
Nobody knew of Winton’s efforts until his wife found a scrapbook in the attic. It contained all of the children’s names he saved along with their photo. The video below is from a BBC program called “That’s Life.” It originally aired in 1988 and Winton wasn’t expecting to find the people sitting next to him were the children he helped saved.
Watch Sir Nicholas Winton appearing on BBC’s “That’s Life” in 1988…
Today, Sir Nicholas is 105 years old and is considered by many as the ‘British Schindler’. Every person he saved considers him as a father figure. The year 2015 is the 70th anniversary of the Auschwitz liberation and was celebrated on January 27, 2015. For more about Nicholas Winton, please read his interview with The Guardian
Editorial Update: Sadly, Sir Nicholas Winton passed away at the age of 106 on July 1st, 2015. He was an amazing man who saved and changed so many lives.
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