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Winton's Children

Winton's Children

Nicholas Winton saved 669 children from the Holocaust. In this moving clip he meets them for the first time.


In 1938, Nicholas Winton helped 669 Jewish kids escape certain death from the Nazis. He never told anyone.

While on ski trip in Switzerland, Winton took a detour in Czechoslovakia to help the children of refugees. Nazi Germany had recently annexed a large part of Czechoslovakia and the news of Kristallnacht, a violent attack on Jews in Germany and Austria, had just reached Prague.

Winton set up a rescue operation for the children, filling out the required paperwork for them to be sent to homes in Sweden and Great Britain. He had to raise money to fund foster homes for all of them, and then he sent 669 children away from Czechoslovakia on trains before the Nazis closed down the borders.

Winton told no one that he did this, not even his wife. In 1988, his wife found a scrapbook full of pictures of the children and letters from parents in their attic. She arranged to have Winton's story appear in newspapers.

Many of the children Winton saved went on the BBC television program, That's Life, to meet him for the first time since the war. They refer to themselves as "Winton's children."

Winton died on July 1, 2015 at the age of 106. He received awards from Israel and the Czech Republic as well as Knighthood from the Queen of England in 1993.

Published: December 18, 2010

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Visitor Comments: 43

(42) John, July 2, 2015 6:07 PM

Proof there is a G-d

A GREAT testament to G-d using a human being as a shining example to the potential good in all of us.

(41) Dermont Ifill, July 2, 2015 4:38 PM

that a great testimony of faith in God and love for the nation of Israel and God reward him with long life.

(40) Irving Katz, July 2, 2015 4:24 PM

The Children

This was moving, and is there a way of finding out the name os the children, since my father had five children in Czech, and was never able to locate them, if i could see the names, it would be helpful.

Thank uyou very much

(39) brad, April 28, 2014 12:05 AM

truly inspirational story

the acts of bravery from that generation should inspire us all

(38) Laura, January 27, 2014 12:56 AM


When people are good...........

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