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Sir Nicholas Winton

In 1938 Nicholas Winton Took a Holiday in Prague, and Saved the Lives of 669 Children

In 2015, a remarkable man passed away, aged 106: Sir Nicholas Winton. In 1938, Winton took it upon himself to go on a ‘holiday’ to Prague, and through forgery, blackmail and bribes managed to send 669 children – mostly Jewish Czechs – to England before the Nazis moved in to enact their ‘Final Solution‘.

As an example of how many extraordinary historical stories we remain oblivious of on a daily basis, Winton’s story was unknown for the best part of 50 years – not least because he himself didn’t bother telling anyone about it. Even his wife, who only learned of what he had done after finding an odd scrapbook in their attic with information about the operation.

After learning of the story, in 1988 the BBC lured ‘Nicky’ to a taping of their show That’s Life “under false pretences”, and surprised him by reuniting him with a number of the children whose lives he had saved. Below you can find video of that moment.

A modern legend in the making – perhaps a ‘flipped’ Pied Piper story in future centuries? You can learn more about this remarkable man in the 60 Minutes story below: