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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: 48

(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.

(44) SHIRLEY, July 2, 2015 7:57 PM

GODS LOVE

TRUELY SEEN IN THIS MAN SHOWS YOU HOW GOD WORKS IN PEOPLE JUST LIKE SHINDLER AND WINTON THEY ARE TRULY GODS WORKERS THATS WHY THEY LIVED SO LONG GOD ALWAY MAKES IT PERFECT AND FOR THEM TO MEET HIM IT'S TRULY WONDERFUL

(43) Shelly, July 2, 2015 6:59 PM

Humility

The fact that Sir Winton saved the lives of 669 children is in itself a most extraordinary act of heroism. But that he told nobody about it and did not seek accolades for his dangerous and significant work is even more amazing. My heart is filled with awe and love for this man. May his memory be for a blessing and may he rest in the peace he so deserves. Thank you, Sir Winton.

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