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The Unsung British Hero With His Own Schindlerís List
The Telegraph ^ | 17 May 2013 | Neil Tweedie

Posted on 05/18/2013 6:22:41 PM PDT by nickcarraway

Nicholas Winton rescued hundreds of young Jews from the Nazis and is a nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize. We meet some of the children he saved

The birthday party will be modest and understated, in keeping with the man. Sir Nicholas Winton is 104 tomorrow and naturally some of his children will be there to wish him well. Not only his blood offspring but those known as Winton’s Children – the ones he saved from near-certain death three-quarters of a century ago.

Nicholas – Nicky – Winton hates to be thought of as a hero, hates being compared with Oskar Schindler or Raoul Wallenberg, but he nevertheless deserves to be mentioned in the same breath.

In January 1939, the 30-year-old stockbroker from Hampstead abandoned a planned holiday to answer a call for help from a friend in Czechoslovakia engaged in saving Jews from the Nazis. For three weeks Winton worked in Prague, helping to prepare children for evacuation to Britain before returning to London to organise their resettlement.

Between March 1939, when Hitler invaded that part of Czechoslovakia not already ceded to Germany under the Munich Agreement, and the following August, he and a group of British humanitarians saved 669 children, mostly Jewish, from the extermination camps. Winton secured travel permits and foster homes, and obtained passage on trains taking unaccompanied minors through the heart of the Third Reich to salvation. Their parents, however, were left behind, the British government decreeing that only child refugees were to be permitted entry.

(Excerpt) Read more at telegraph.co.uk ...


TOPICS: History; Military/Veterans
KEYWORDS: 1939; 193901; 193903; 193908; britain; czechoslovakia; germany; humanrights; munichagreement; nicholaswinton; sirnicholaswinton; winton

1 posted on 05/18/2013 6:22:41 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

ubama saved not one life and received a peace prize while this hero had to wait another year?


2 posted on 05/18/2013 6:26:05 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: nickcarraway

I wish I could believe the Prize would go to someone truly deserving, like the guy in the article. Unfortunately, whoever it is that picks the winner tends to choose poorly. Obama being a case in point.


3 posted on 05/18/2013 6:37:21 PM PDT by uptowngirl
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To: nickcarraway
I watched Schindler's List (again) just last night.Working behind the lines like that was very dangerous and anyone did that kind of thing (Schindler,Winton,Wallenberg,etc) deserve the highest praise,admiration...and prizes.
4 posted on 05/18/2013 7:08:47 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Leno Was Right,They *Are* Undocumented Democrats!)
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To: Gay State Conservative

The book is also good.


5 posted on 05/18/2013 7:09:56 PM PDT by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: nickcarraway

He’s an old white male who saved Jews. He’ll never get it. It will probably go to the 15 year old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban.


6 posted on 05/18/2013 7:11:43 PM PDT by BBell (And Now for Something Completely Different)
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To: nickcarraway
Isn't there a documentary about this guy, I'm sure I heard his story a few years back. And I remember him being so sad he couldn't get more children out before the war broke out. Or is that a different guy?

You would have thought he would have gotten the award a long time ago... He should have gotten it instead of Obama, for instance.

7 posted on 05/18/2013 7:22:53 PM PDT by MacMattico
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To: BBell

It will probably go to the 15 year old Pakistani girl shot in the head by the Taliban.

Not edgy enough. It would go to the Talibani that shot the Paskistani girl. This would be in keeping with the current relevance of the Nobel Peace Prize.


8 posted on 05/18/2013 7:59:16 PM PDT by Fred Hayek (The Democratic Party is now the operational arm of the CPUSA)
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To: nutmeg

Bookmark


9 posted on 05/18/2013 8:02:32 PM PDT by nutmeg (Rest in Peace, FReeper Extraordinaire Doctor Raoul...)
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To: nickcarraway

And the frickin world went crazy.

I will never understand nor fathom that depravity.


10 posted on 05/18/2013 10:32:57 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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It would probably be bad if you could.


11 posted on 05/18/2013 11:33:45 PM PDT by nickcarraway
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I don’t think the Nobel committee sees saving Jewish children as a humanitarian act. If he had somehow saved Palestinian children and killed Jews in the process he’d be a shoe-in


12 posted on 05/19/2013 3:09:48 AM PDT by muir_redwoods (Don't fire until you see the blue of their helmets)
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