Story by Holly Rennels
1938, Great Britain agrees to accept children, under the age of 17, to enter their country if they had a place to stay and 50 pounds set aside as a warranty. This occurred after Kristallnacht, the Night of Broken Glass, in Nazi Germany which was a series of coordinated attacks on Jewish homes and businesses which left the streets littered with broken glass, hence the name.
At the time, Winton was a 29 year old stock broker in Great Britain, but he is ethnically German and Jewish. He arranged for the transport of 669 youths who were on their way from Czechoslovakia to Nazi death camps. Instead of taking his planned ski trip, he intervened to save their lives. Winton and a friend called the rescue Operation Kindertransport.
Sir Nicholas Winton did not publicize his good deed and the story was not well known until the scrapbook he kept with all the names of the children was discovered by his wife in 1988. A British television show, “That’s Life”, picked up the story and arranged a reunion. Nearly two dozen of the children were brought to the studio and sat around the man to whom they owe their lives.
A very emotional reveal is captured as these individuals certainly know how greatly their lives were impacted by this man. Winton was truly heroic in his actions and even more so in the humility with which he carried on his life without seeking credit for the lives he saved.
Today, Sir Winton resides in London, England and is 105 years of age. A statue honoring him has been erected at the Prague Main railway station.
H/T: Conservative Tribune