How does one man go on a 2-week vacation and come back with 15,000 children? You’re about to find out as I am going to tell you about the story of one incredible humanitarian. Nicholas Winton is a name that will be unknown to most, but this man is a truly humble hero. In fact, he rarely spoke about the many children’s lives that he has saved.
Back in 1939, just 9 months before the start of World War 2, a rescue operation called Kindertransport (children’s transport) began. The operation saved nearly 10,000 children from German-occupied countries, transporting them back to the United Kingdom before the start of WWII and ‘The Final Solution‘.
One contributor of the operation was 29-year-old Nicholas Winton who rescued 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.
He kept his act of immense kindness a secret for 50 years until his heroic actions were recognised on a 1988 BBC broadcast program called “That’s Life!”
During the program, the host of the show, Esther Rantzen, reveals that Winton was sitting next to a (now grown) child that he had saved.
Vera Gissing, the lady who revealed herself held back tears as she grabbed his hand and told him how grateful she was for what he did for her and many other children.
Shortly after, Esther asked if there were any other members of the audience and he had quite the shock of his life.
He has since been dubbed as England’s Oskar Schindler, he has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II, received countless honours and is even celebrated as a national hero in the Czech Republic. In Prague, he has a statue in his honour on the train station platform and even a train named after him which left the station exactly 70 years after his efforts.
In Prague, he has a statue in his honour on the train station platform and even a train named after him which left the station exactly 70 years after his efforts.
Don’t be content in your life just to do no wrong, be prepared every day to try and do some good.<br /> – Sir Nicholas Winton
Sadly, Sir Nicholas Winton passed away in 2015 at the age of 106, he had met countless members of his extended family (known as Nicky’s Family) which now reaches over 15,000 as the kids he saved grew their own families in adulthood.
Please watch the video below to see the moment the world realised how many people this humble hero had saved. Let us know what you think in the comment section. ?