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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.

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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: 50

(49) Ann Canada, July 20, 2015 7:54 PM

All G-d's Children

...and Winton's too. A man of truly blessed memory. Thank you beautiful Soul.

(48) Eugene Mazzilli, July 6, 2015 4:16 PM

My Family In Italy

I am so touched hearing this story about Sir Winton. I cannot imaging the dangers and complexity of what he did and survived. But this just goes to prove that there are good people in the world and many of them did help the Jewish people before, during and even after Word War II. I once wrote an article in Aish of a story that my Grandmother told me of her family in Italy during World War II. They were not Facists, and they helped hide Jewish families and friends and non-Jews during the war. Their neighbors reported them to the authorities because there was "bounty" given for reporting such things. My great Aunts and Uncles suffered much under Mussolini, including beatings, confiscation of goods, the takeover of their milk and cheese factory and the deprivation of friends, neighbors and business associates. My Grandmother said, "the more her sisters and brothers did for the Jews, the more they were blessed". God protected them and provided enough food for them and their friends all through the War and never did they get caught, even though their home was the subject of many midnight raids by the SS. So modern day miracles still exist, i.e. Manna from Heaven or the Fishes and the Loaves, also, how the Angel of the Lord watched over them and distracted evil people from doing evil.
The Jewish people should never feel unwanted, isolated. unloved, discriminated, or even persecuted. Not only do they (we) have good people speaking up and looking after for us, but also the Lord is our Shepherd. He is our stronghold and deliverer. Keep that in mind when you pray.

(47) sharon, July 3, 2015 2:48 AM

eyes are the window to the soul

The righteous gentile, his eyes are gentle, innocence and purity is what I see. May HaShem send many more like him.

(46) Dick Stanley, July 3, 2015 1:26 AM

Winton regretted FDR's refusal to help

The Washington Post report quotes Winton: ““If America had only agreed to take them, too, I could have saved at least 2,000 more.”

(45) Hoyin, July 3, 2015 12:39 AM

A brave man

Mr. Winton courageous acts should be embedded in all of our hearts.

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