Sir Nicholas Winton: One Daring Act of Kindness Can Change the World
Prime Minister David Cameron said: “The world has lost a great man. We must never forget Sir Nicholas Winton’s humanity in saving so many children from the Holocaust.” Home Secretary Theresa May, called Sir Nicholas “a hero of the 20th century.” He set an “enduring example of the difference that good people can make even in the darkest of times.”
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, described him as “one of the greatest people I have ever met.”
Sir Nicholas was a British-Jewish stockbroker. He gave up a 1938 skiing holiday to help Jewish refugees in flight. He organized foster families for these Jewish children in Britain by placing ads in the newspaper. He persuaded a reluctant bureaucracy “to allow all the children in despite incomplete documentation.”
Menemsha Films, an extraordinary distribution company which is devoted to high quality, Jewish-themed films, has an enthralling documentary about him: Nicky’s Family—narrated by the Canadian journalist, Joe Schlesinger, who was one of the 669.
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