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'British Schindler' Sir Nicholas Winton dies aged 106

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Sir Nicholas Winton is credited with rescuing 669 Czech children from the Nazis
 

Sir Nicholas Winton, who organised the rescue of 669 children destined for Nazi concentration camps, has died aged 106.

Sir Nicholas, then a stockbroker, arranged for trains to carry Jewish children out of occupied Prague.

The prime minister described him as a "great man" and the chief rabbi praised his "exceptional courage".

He died on the anniversary of the departure of a train in 1939 carrying the largest number of children - 241.

His son-in-law Stephen Watson said he died peacefully in his sleep at Wexham Hospital, Slough.

 

Sir Nicholas brought the children to Britain, battling bureaucracy at both ends, saving them from almost certain death, and then kept quiet about his exploits for a half-century.

He organised a total of eight trains from Prague, with some other forms of transport also set up from Vienna.

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The Englishman who saved children from the Holocaust

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Nicholas Winton photographed with one of the children he rescued in 1939
  • Sir Nicholas was born Nicholas Wertheimer in 1909 to Jewish parents
  • By 1938 he was a young stockbroker in London
  • He dropped everything to go to Prague to help Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi occupation
  • Sir Nicholas organised foster families for Jewish children in Britain, placing adverts in newspapers
  • The 669 children travelled on eight trains across four countries
  • Sir Nicholas's team persuaded British custom officials to allow all the children in despite incomplete documentation

 

Read more:  http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-33350880

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fred42

109!! What a great man..

And they say the good die young!

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thebob

Heroic stuff. The world needs more like him.

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Ed1961

A great man indeed.... RIP

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I wonder if Israel ever recognized him for his actions as they did Schindler.

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broden

R.I.P.

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