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Nicholas Winton


British isles war hero who was simply a humanitarian and arranged a rescue mission of 669 mostly Jewish children from Czechoslovakia over the eve of World War II. He discovered homes on their behalf and helped move these to Britain. He proved helpful at Behrens Loan provider and Wasserman Loan provider in Berlin before shifting to London and learning to be a stockbroker. He was appointed an associate of the Purchase of the United kingdom Empire for his function building Abbeyfield homes for older people in 1983. He was wedded to Grete Gjelstrup. He was portrayed by Rupert Graves in the 1999 film All My FAMILY MEMBERS.

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Full Name Nicholas Winton
Date Of Birth May 19, 1909
Died July 1, 2015, Slough, United Kingdom
Place Of Birth England
Profession War Hero
Education Stowe School
Nationality British
Spouse Grete Winton
Children Barbara Winton, Nick Winton, Robin Winton
Parents Barbara Wertheim, Rudolph Wertheim
Star Sign Taurus

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1 At the time, unaccompanied children were not permitted entry to Britain, so he had to convince the British government to change the regulation. He succeeded, one of the conditions being the posting of a bond to ensure that the children would not become a public charge. He found families to take in the children, and raised money to finance their transport.
2 On March 14, 1939, the first of his trains left Prague. The next day, the Germans occupied the rest of the country. Fortunately, they allowed the trains (which they called Kindertransports) to keep on rolling.
3 When WWII started, he joined the Red Cross as an ambulance driver, and was evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk during the Allied retreat. He later returned to France as a Royal Air Force pilot. After the war, he worked for various international organizations, among them the International Refugee Organization and the U.S. Marshall Plan.
4 In May 2014, he celebrated his 105th birthday with a party. Of the 100 or so guests, most had been passengers on his trains, along with their families.
5 He was a London stockbroker who arranged the 1939 evacuation of 669 Jewish children from Czechoslovakia to Great Britain.
6 Maidenhead, England. [July 2008]
7 He was awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the 1983 Queen's Honours List for his charitable services to the elderly and the establishment of the Abbeyfield Houses before being awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2003 Queen's New Years Honors List for his services to humanity in saving Jewish Children from Nazi Occupied Czechoslovakia from 1937 to 1939.



Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport 2000 Documentary acknowledgement: private collection



60 Minutes 2014 TV Series documentary Himself - Humanitarian (segment "Saving the Children")
The One Show 2013 TV Series Himself - Interviewie
Nicky's Family 2011 Documentary Himself (as Sir Nicholas Winton)
Breakfast 2006 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
Breakfast with Frost 2003 TV Series Himself
Síla lidskosti - Nicholas Winton 2002 Documentary Himself - Nicholas' Son
Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport 2000 Documentary Himself
That's Life! 1988 TV Series documentary Himself

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Antiques Roadshow 2017 TV Series Himself
60 Minutes 2014 TV Series documentary Himself - Humanitarian (segment "Saving the Children")

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