He rescued over 600 Jewish children from the fate of internment in Nazi concentration camps. Many of these children went on to do great things in the countries where they settled.
His inspiring story gives us a glimpse into the future impact of our own work. Saving one life can change the world. We hope this incredible video and story will inspire you to keep supporting the North Korean people!
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In 1938, Nazis had taken over much of Western Czechoslovakia and the fleeing Jewish refugees were left in camps under horrific conditions.
Nicholas Winton, a 29-year-old stockbroker, volunteered in these camps in Prague. He met many families who desperately wanted to get their children to safety, but couldn’t afford the fees. Winton, convinced that the rest of the country would soon be annexed, knew he had to act.
Seeing no alternative, he set up his own operation at his hotel in Prague. He worked diligently to find foster homes for the children and funds to cover the repatriation costs.
Winton was able to organize 8 transports from Prague to Britain, rescuing a total of 669 children.
On the day the biggest transport of children was scheduled to take place, Hitler invaded Poland and all the German-controlled borders were closed. Within hours, the train disappeared and none of the 250 children aboard were heard from again.
Without Winton’s efforts, all those he rescued could have been put to the same fate. Decades later, the rescued children still refer to themselves as “Winton’s children.”