This man gets a pleasant and emotional surprise when he attended a function to felicitate him
The Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia and Poland and the Holocaust committed by them remains one of the most atrocious acts of torture and ethnical cleansing in history of mankind. The holocaust cost the lives of six million Jews and 5 million non Jewish people by the Nazi party of Germany, led by Chancellor Adolf Hitler. But this is a story of a man who started and successfully ran a rescue operation saving lives of 669 children from Nazi occupied Prague and the video is a must see video in recognition and respect of one of the most brave and charitable humans ever, Sir Nicholas Winton.
1 The man who saved lives from Holocaust
In 1938, Sir Nicholas Winton was just a young 29 year old stockbroker from London who was enjoying holidays in Switzerland when he received a call from his friend Martin Blake who asked him to come to Prague immediately for an assignment. The time in 1938 was the height of the Nazi regime and Nazis had just annexed a huge part of western Czechoslovakia and had prepared for the bloody war against the German and Austrian Jews. Winton knew he had to help thousands of children from Prague and when he asked the British embassy for help, he found out that he had to families willing to take in a child and a fee of 50 pounds was to be deposited to the home office.
2 The rescue operation
Winton started his own rescue operation in Prague and when the parents of the children came to know of the dangers posed on their children immediately placed the future and lives of them into Winton’s hands. Winton contacted many countries to help out, but only Sweden and Great Britain said yes. He made up an organization, calling it “The British Committee for Refugees from Czechoslovakia, Children’s Section.” He found sponsors and foster homes after much effort in Britain and finally on March 14, 1939 the first lot of children left Prague for Britain via airplane and many others left via trains, boats to arrive at Liverpool Street station in London. The last trainload was dispatched on August 2, 1939, bringing the total number of children saved to 669. The biggest load of children was to be sent on September 1, 1939, but Hitler invaded Poland on that day and World War II soon broke out, closing the German borders. Most of the siblings and parents of the rescued children perished in the Holocaust.
3 The pleasant and emotional surprise
Winston had not told even his wife Grete about his wartime rescue mission, but in 1988, she found a scrapbook in the attic of her house detailing her husband’s rescue mission and list of names of all children, letters from parents and other documents. Later BBC’s TV program That’s Life, featured a story on Nicholas Winton, which featured him as a member of audience. Unknown to him, he was the focal point of the program that day and in the audience were more than 2 dozen of people who were the children saved by Winton in 1939. Those people stood up and applauded Winton’s efforts of saving them from Nazis. Winton was knighted in 2003 for his “services to humanity, in saving Jewish children from Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia” and Sir Nicholas Winton died on 1st July, 2015 at the age of 106, in his sleep.