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Winton's Children

Winton's Children

Nicholas Winton meets for the first time the children he secretly saved from the Nazis.

by BBC

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 is now 101 years old and has received awards from Israel and the Czech Republic as well as Knighthood from the Queen of England in 1993.

Published: December 19, 2010


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Visitor Comments: 40

(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

Amazing

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

(37) Geraldine Watson, May 13, 2013 1:06 PM

Winton's Children

First saw this story on "That's Life" - it reduced me to tears then and still does now. Sir Nicholas recently featured on the BBC One Show and I am so pleased he is still alive at the age of 103. What a wonderful man and what a legacy he left behind him with all the descendants of the children he saved. He has proved beyond measure than one person can make a difference. Sir Nicholas's mitzvah will echo down through generation after generation of Jewish people and his name will live on long in their hearts and minds.

(36) Sandra Margolis, April 9, 2013 9:35 PM

Whoever reads this story will believe angels do exist !!!

WHAT A MAGNIFICENT MAN!! HE WAS WELL AWARE OF THE DANGER ,HE DID ALL THAT WAS POSSIBLE TO SAVE THESE CHILDREN

(35) ALEX & IRINA, April 8, 2013 10:39 AM

What a GREAT MAN, a GREAT SOUL

HE IS LIKE A FATHER TO ALL 669 CHILDREN HE SAVED.
GOD BLESS!!!

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