Happy 111th Birthday, Sir Nicholas George Winton

Actually, only if he were still alive. But do you know who this man was?

He was an amazing British humanitarian who rescued 669 Czech children from the horrors of Nazi Germany during World War II. The children he saved were mostly Jewish, and Winton arranged safe passage for them to Britain. His operation was known as the Czech “Kindertransport”. Future notable people he saved included Karel Reisz and Joe Schlesinger.

Winton didn’t brag about his rescue achievements. In fact, he supressed them for many decades, until his wife found a scrapbook in their attic in 1988, containing details including the childrens’ names, and names and addresses of those families in Britain who had taken them in. This scrapbook was given to a holocaust researcher.

In February 1988, Winton was invited to be an “audience member” of a BBC television programme called That’s Life! Little did he know that many of his rescued children and their families had been contacted through the information found in the scrapbook, and that they made up the entire audience!

Winton is also known for many other humanitarian efforts, and was knighted by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II in 2003.

For more info on this great man and his deeds, go here: Sir Nicholas Winton

Fact source: Wikipedia

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Published by jenmcnaughton

Born in Scotland, and soon to return! I am a photographer, freelance writer and bestselling author, and entrepreneur. I am an animal lover and advocate. My other hobbies include exploring, collecting sea glass, reading and music.

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