Meet Sir Nicholas George Winton.
Mr. Winton organized the rescue and passage to Britain of about 669 mostly Jewish Czechoslovakian children. These children were absolutely destined for the Nazi death camps before World War II.
The operation was known as Czech Kindertransport. The peculiar and most noble turn of this story is when we find out Nicholas Winton purposefully didn’t tell anyone about Czech Kindertransport, not even his wife Grete about his rescue efforts.
How did she find out? How was the story uncovered? It’s quite interesting.
In 1988, Grete found a scrapbook from 1939 in their attic, with all the children’s photos, a complete list of names, a few letters from parents of the children to Winton and other documents.
That is how Nicholas Winton’s wife found out what kind of man he truly was. This amazing emotional story does not end there. The survivors gather together in this video to show their appreciation for Winton.
Need some Kleenex? I certainly did. What an incredible story. The most fascinating part of it all was how noble Winton was. I can assure you most of the “heroes” we give that title to today would expect a reward, a parade, and/or some sort of public affirmation. Not this man; he willingly laid his life down and purposefully did not make a parade out of it all. That is a true hero.
We salute you, Sir Nicholas George Winton. May we meet more men like you.