Nicholas G. Winton


Sir Nicholas Winton is a British stockbroker and aid worker. In 1939, he rescued 669 mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia from imminent death by transporting them to Great Britain.

70 years ago, Nicholas Winton was a young man who realized the seriousness of the situation and instead of taking a relaxing holiday in Switzerland, he moved to Prague where he immediately began to organize a rescue mission for mostly Jewish children who faced death in Nazi extermination camps. From March to September 1939, he organised trains from Prague to London and saved 669 children. There, the children found asylum and homes with British families. The number of descendents has since grown to 5,000. For the first fifty years after their transport, Nicholas Winton did not tell anyone about what happened; they did. His wife, after years of cleaning the attic, happened upon documents related to the children's train transports.

Historian Elizabeth Maxwell organized a meeting of Nicholas Winton and the rescued children in a BBC television program. From the moment the story of Nicholas Winton came to light, he has attracted the attention of more and more people. Nicholas Winton, who is also involved in elderly care in Great Britain, was knighted by the Queen and was awarded the Czech Order of TG Masaryk. The pupils of the elementary school in Kunžak formed a petition in which pupils and students of primary and secondary schools students asked the Norwegian Parliament to consider awarding Sir Nicholas Winton the Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions. As of 21 October 2008, the petition carried 53,851 signatures.

Another train was planned to depart Prague on 3 September 1939. Unfortunately, neither this train nor the children on it were allowed to leave because of the outbreak of the Second World War on 1 September 1939.