If there’s a British Schindler, it’s a man by the name of Nicholas Winton.
During the Holocaust, Winton organized the rescue of 669 Jewish children from Czechoslovakia. He had mostly kept quiet about his efforts, until in 1988 when his wife discovered a detailed scrapbook in their attic which contained lists of the children he saved, their parents, and the addresses of the families who took them in.
Later that year, Winton was invited on a BBC show titled “That’s Life” as a member of the audience. Contents of his scrapbook were shown, and Winton learned he was sitting next to a woman he saved as a young girl. Then the host asked if anyone else in the audience owes their life to Winton – and what happens next is incredible.
Today, there are over 6,000 people alive who owe their lives to Winton (those he directly saved, plus their descendants). Winton died in 2015, but his legacy lives on.
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