Video Of Sir Nicholas Winton Being Honored By Holocaust Survivors
As the Nazis occupied Sudentenland, the northern, southwest and western areas of Czekoslovakia, Nicholas Winton took action to protect as many children as he could.
As a stockbroker for a German-Jewish family, he was well aware of the situation's urgency.
Having visited refugee camps outside Prague he decided to help children secure British permits in the same way children from other countries had been rescued by "kindertransports". In 1938 he began helping transport children out of Prague and out of reach of Nazis' burgeoning hold over Europe.
Sir Nicholas, from Maidenhead in Berkshire, organised a total of eight trains from Prague to London, and helped find foster families for the refugees. He rescued 669 children in total.
Winton with three of the 669 children he saved. Via BBC
For fifty years, Winton did not speak of his involvement in the rescue, and the mission only came to light in the late 1980s. The BBC began a documentary That's Life, which explores his rescue mission. The documentary includes a scene where Winton is surprised by an auditorium filled with the children (now well into adulthood) he rescued during WWII.
This story's a little old, but seeing as how Sir Winton's mission entered the media fifty years after it happened, I figure it's now a part of history worth sharing.