Sir Nicholas Winton Saved 669 Children During The Holocaust. Years Later, He Was Recognized For His Efforts

Date January 11, 2018

Meet Sir Nicholas Winton! In 1939, he was a young stockbroker, living in England. One day, the man gave up everything to do something really incredible.

He successfully saved 669 mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia during the Holocaust. This brave person risked his life to organize their transfer to Britain. But nobody knew about this fact. Sir Nicholas Winton like a real hero kept it secret. Many years later, his wife found a notebook, which contained the names of the rescued children.


Elizabeth Maxwell, a Holocaust researcher, helped to work with this document. She decided to send letters to the then-children from this list. They received more than 200 responses. But it was not the end of this incredible story.

I have a motto that if something isn’t blatantly impossible, then there must be a way of doing it. ~ Sir Nicholas Winton

Sir Nicholas Winton was invited to the TV program, entitled “That’s Life” on BBC. His notebook was demonstrated during the show; then the host asked whether anybody in the hall owed their life to Sir Nicholas Winton. More than two dozen people stood up and applauded the man. The video of this amazing moment was published on YouTube a few years after the event actually happened. Watch it below.

Some of the children, he said, went on to become notable people. Some of them are:

- Alf Dubs, Baron Dubs (became a British Labour Party politician);

- Gerda Mayer (Poet);

- Karel Reisz (Filmmaker);

- Joe Schlesinger (Canadian journalist and author);

- Yitzchok Tuvia Weiss (Chief Rabbi of the Edah HaChareidis in Jerusalem).

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To learn more about who Sir Winton was and the many amazing things he did during his lifetime, take a look at the video below.

Sir Winton was a hero right to the very end. He passed away peacefully in his sleep on the 1st of July, 2015. He was 106 years old.