The Man Who Saved 669 Children from Nazi Genocide


by Tom Hasker, Associate Partner, Lighthouse International

We often talk about making a difference and changing the world for the better and these are very noble aspirations, but today I would like to introduce to you someone who did exactly that for over 600 children who were facing the threat of genocide.

76 years ago on the 1st of July 1939, Nicholas Winton helped 246 children on to a train that he organised to leave Prague, their parents and the threat of the Nazi persecution of the Jews behind. This was the largest single movement of children that he organised, but in total he arranged for 669 children to move to the safety of foster parents in England. This moving BBC article explains more about the work of this true legend - Sir Nicholas Winton.

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Nicholas Winton image courtesy of Wikimedia