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Saturday, July 12, 2014

An amazing story

Hero Discovers He's In The Room With 80 People He Saved From Nazi Concentration Camps 50 Years Prior

Sir Nicholas Winton is now 105 years old. But back in 1988 he was persuaded to go onto a television programme after his wife discovered scrapbooks detailing his efforts to save 669 children, mostly Jewish, in Czechoslovakia from the Nazis. Haunted by his inability to save many, he went 50 years without talking about it. While on the programme, they surprised him with many of the audience members being children he had saved, leaving him overcome with emotion.

For more of Winton and the others who made such a difference in saving Jews from the Nazis, check out the Wikipedia entry for him, or read The Rescue of the Prague Refugees 1938–39, which, while out of print, may be available from your local library or through interlibrary loan. IT is also available as an e-book from Google Play. Winton was said to be 'delighted' with it. Again, thanks the George Takei for sharing this. I had heard of Winton's work, but had no idea he was still alive or the full story.

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