Wednesday, December 4, 2013
Surprise for beautiful humanitarian
Nicholas Winton organized the rescue of 669 mostly Jewish children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of the Second World War in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport. Winton found homes for them and arranged for their safe passage to Britain. Winton kept quiet about his humanitarian exploits for many years, no telling anyone, not even his wife Grete about his wartime rescue efforts. In 1988 Grete found a detailed scrapbook in their attic. It contained lists of the children, including their parents' names, and the names and addresses of the families that took them in. During that year, leters were sent to these addresses and 80 of "Winton's children" were found in Britain. The world found out about his work later that year during an episode of the BBC television programme That's Life! when he was invited as a member of the audience. Little did he know that some of those survivors had gathered to give him a wonderful surprise!