In 1938, British citizen Nicholas Winton enabled 669 Jewish children to flee Czechoslovakia and thereby avoid certain death upon the Nazi annexation. Amazingly, Winton managed to keep his heroic act a secret from his friends and family for fifty years!
While on a ski trip in Switzerland in 1938, Winton traveled to Czechoslovakia in order to carry out a rescue operation for refugee Jewish children. He arranged for those children to travel to Sweden and England, and raised money to fund foster homes for all of them.
Some of “Winton’s Children” appeared on the BBC television program, That’s Life, to meet Winton for the first time since 1938.
Winton is now 101 years old and has received Knighthood from the Queen of England for his awe-inspiring heroism.
I think this video of the reunification of Winton with the Jews he saved is one of the most moving things I have ever seen. What a powerful reminder of the tremendous potential legacy of self-sacrifice and good deeds.
Thanks to Debbie Shapiro (debbieshapiroofjerusalem.blogspot.com) for forwarding me this incredible story and video from Aish.com
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