Greta Winton was surprised and confused when she uncovered a scrapbook containing the names of 669 children that her husband, Nicholas Winton, had kept in their attic for 50 years. Nine months before the Second World War broke out, Nicholas assisted in removing Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia and transporting them to Britain. Nicholas wondered what had happened to the children, but didn’t realize the full depth of his actions until a reunion on a BBC television program. His courageous acts have inspired charitable programs around the world, and put into action a legacy far beyond the endurance and heroism of one man. His ardour proves that the biggest measures can begin with one individual. Sir Nicholas Winton died on 1 July 2015 at age 106. This BBC report on a memorial service a year after his death shares Winton's remarkable story.

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  • Preeti

    Its so amazing when one human being feels the suffering of another and does something about it. Small steps make a difference.

  • Gina

    What a moving and inspirational story! Every one of us, in whatever way we can, have the power to act on our highest convictions. No act is too small. Just take that first trusting step and the rest can be a divinely guided adventure. Thank you, dear Nicholas Winton.

  • Kay

    What a blessing to humanity!

  • Ginny

    A profound question...."If I don't do something, what will happen?" If we all asked ourselves this same question that Nicholas Winton did, what a different world this would be.

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  • To learn more about Sir Nicholas Winton, visit his website.
  • War Child International Network is a non-profit organization that assists children living in regions affected by armed conflict.
  • Ask your parents or grandparents about their stories. You may discover something you never knew about them.

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