The "British Oscar Schindler" Passes Away

Mateusz Szczepaniak, 16 November 2016
Sir Nicholas Winton, who rescued 669 children from death in concentration camps during World War II, passed away on 1st July 2015, at the age of 106. He had been dubbed the “British Oscar Schindler”.

Nicholas Winton rescued Jewish children from, what was then, Czechoslovakia. He organized their transportation from occupied Prague to Great Britain. In Great Britain, he found the children homes and foster families.

For nearly 50 years, he had concealed his past activities until 1988 when his wife, Grete, discovered documents from that time in the attic of their house.

Sir Nicholas Winton has been awarded multiple medals for his activities. In 2002, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and, in 2003, he was granted the Pride of Britain Award. In 2014, the President of the Czech Republic, Miloš Zeman, presented him with the highest Czech award – the Order of the White Lion.

Journalists point to the fact that Nicholas Winton died on the day of the 76th anniversary of the departure of a train which transported the highest number of children rescued by him - 241. It is estimated that, around the world, there are around 6,000 people, all descendants of the children rescued by the late Nicholas Winton.