Nicholas Winton Who Saved 669 Jewish Czech Children During WW ll Dies at Age 106 #austria-czech


Jan Meisels Allen
 

Last year the US news show 60 Minutes highlighted the life of Nicholas
Winton, the British citizen who saved 669 Jewish children from
Czechoslovakia at the eve of WW ll. Sir Winton died on July 1, 2015. He was
compared to Schindler and Wallenberg for his heroic efforts. It was in
December 1938 when he flew to Prague when at the request of a friend who was
helping refugees in the Sudentenland that had been annexed by Germany.
It was just after Great Britain began the Kindertransport which admitted
unaccompanied Jewish children up to age 17 if they had a host family, with
the offer of a 50 pounds warranty for an eventual return ticket. This
program, The Refugee Children's Movement sent representatives to
Germany and Austria, and 10,000 Jewish children were saved before the war began, but
nothing comparable was in Czechoslovakia, until Sir Winton created one.
The story did not came out until his wife found his long hidden scrapbook in
1988. Today, there are Winton's Children survivors in their 70s and 80s.
after the war these children either stayed in Great Britain or went
on to live in the USA, Israel, Australia the Czech Republic and elsewhere.
Sir Winton's parents were of German- Jewish origin with the original name of
Wertheim. The converted to Christianity. To read about his remarkable life
see:
http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/02/world/europe/nicholas-winton-is-dead-at-10
6-saved-children-from-the-holocaust.html

To watch the 60 Minutes episode go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Dc0aoifNziKQ

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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