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Passing of a very great man

In 1938 Nicholas Winton a 29 year old London stockbroker decided on a whim to travel to Prague to see what he could to save the lives of people mainly Jews threatened by the Nazis. That decision was to save the lives of 669 children he organised onto trains to London. That would qualify him for the highest humanitarian award but the extraordinary thing was he never told a soul later, nor even the children he saved. To save them he freely admitted he resorted to forgery and blackmail. The information was found in a book in his attic. As if that is not enough, he went to build homes for the elderly. Yesterday he died aged 106. His remarkable contribution to the saving of humanity including the famous Esther Rantzen programme about him is recorded in this clip from the American 60 Minutes programme:

NICHOLAS WINTON

About Neil Rosen

Neil went to the City of London School and Manchester University graduating with a 1st in economics. After a brief stint in accountancy, Neil emigrated to a kibbutz In Israel. His articles on the burgeoning Israeli film industry earned comparisons to Truffaut and Godard in Cahiers du Cinema. Now one of the world's leading film critics and moderators at film Festivals Neil has written definitively in his book Kosher Nostra on Jewish post war actors. Neil lives with his family in North London. More Posts