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Wintonís Children Rescuer Dies Age 106
The Star / 2 years ago

A man who became known as the ďBritish SchindlerĒ for saving hundreds of Czech children from Nazi persecution in the run-up to World War II, died age 106. Sir Nicholas Winton died on June 1 with his daughter Barbara and two grandchildren at his side, according to a statement from the Rotary Club of Maidenhead in southern England, of which he was a former president.

Winton managed to bring 669 mostly Jewish children on eight trains Ė known as the Czech Kindertransport Ė to Britain through Germany in 1939, but the ninth train with 250 children never left Prague because the war broke out. None of the 250 children on board was ever seen again. Winton had worked as a stockbroker before heading to Prague in 1938 to help with welfare work for Czech refugees and was 29 when he masterminded the rescue of the children. His achievements were often compared with those of Oskar Schindler, the ethnic German industrialist who saved the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust and who was the subject of the 1993 film Schindlerís List.

Wintonís wartime exploits, however, remained a secret for years until his wife Greta found a detailed scrapbook in their attic in 1988. He had not even told her of his role. ďYou canít come up to somebody and say: Ďby the way do you want to know what I did in í39?í People donít talk about what they did in the war,Ē Winton told Reuters Television in 2009.

From: TheStar