Nicholas Winton honoured by Czechs for saving children from Nazis (BBC news)
( 1. photo; Nicholas Winton with one of the children he rescued )
A British man who saved 669 children, most of them Jews, from the Nazis has been awarded the Czech Republic's highest state honour.
Sir Nicholas Winton was 29 when he arranged trains to take the children out of occupied Czechoslovakia and for foster families to meet them in London.
The 105-year-old was given the Order of the White Lion by the Czech president during a ceremony at Prague Castle.
(2. photo; Jewish refugees arriving in Britain, 1939.)
In a speech, he thanked the British people who gave the children homes.
"I thank the British people for making room for them, to accept them, and of course the enormous help given by so many of the Czechs who were at that time doing what they could to fight the Germans and to try to get the children out."
Sir Nicholas was working as a stockbroker when he got involved in helping children come to Britain
In 1939, it was through his efforts that hundreds of predominantly Jewish children living in Czechoslovakia were evacuated to Britain, thereby escaping the Holocaust.
He organised a total of eight trains from Prague to London and helped to find foster families for the refugees.
He said he was aware that many children would have died if it had not been for his actions, but added: "That's what was happening all over Europe."
He did not tell anyone about his actions for 50 years, until his wife found a scrapbook.
'English Schindler' Winton reunited with rescued children on That's Life in 1988
He was knighted by the Queen in March 2003 and a year earlier was finally reunited with hundreds of the children he saved - including Labour peer Lord Dubs and film director Karel Reisz - at a gathering for 5,000 descendants of the "Winton children".
His efforts have been likened to the work of German businessman Oskar Schindler, whose saving of Jews was dramatised in the film Schindler's List.
When asked by the BBC what he made of today's world, Sir Nicholas responded: "I don't think we've ever learnt from the mistakes of the past...
"The world today is now in a more dangerous situation than it has ever been and so long as you've got weapons of mass destruction which can finish off any conflict, nothing is safe any more."
( I think he is a real hero, and he really deserves Nobel peace prize. Khatia Shiuka)
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This video is the BBC Programme "That's Life" aired in 1988. This is the most wonderful video. What a tremendous man, a real hero! ♡