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Prague rail station ‘to be re-named after British Schindler’ who saved 700 Jewish children

PRAGUE’S main railway station could be re-named after the ‘British Schindler’ who quietly saved nearly 700 Jewish children from the Nazis in the country formerly known as Czechoslovakia.
Sir Nicholas Winton died aged 106 at the beginning of this month in Slough, prompting calls for the station to be named after him as Czechs placed flowers and candles around a statue of him at the station.

The humble hero organised the transport of 669 Czechoslovakian Jewish children from Nazi occupied Bohemia and Moravia to Great Britain after negotiating with the British government and finding homes for them.

Not even his wife knew about his incredible efforts until she stumbled across a scrapbook in their Maidenhead home in 1988 detailing lists of parents and children he had helped, which gained him the name of the British Schindler.

Prague mayoral candidate and politician Jan Cizinsky presented the new station name idea to the Czech Repubic government after several members of the public told him the country should honour Sir Nicholas in some way.

He said: “First we need to talk to the family and to discuss the issue with them. Their decision is the main one.”

Czech transport minister, Dan Tok, said he supported the idea but a process had to be gone through to avoid “confusion and chaos” because the station was previously called Franz Joseph station after the emperor of Austria.

It is now called President Wilson’s station, after the former US president Woodrow Wilson.
Winton-314009Prague’s most important rail station could be renamed after Sir Nicholas


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