01 July 2015
R.I.P. Nicholas Winton ~ Rescuer of WWII Kids++
Sad to hear Sir Nicholas Winton has passed in his sleep at 106 years. He's one of the few who acted -- both at-scale and by-all-means-necessary -- to save children, mostly Jewish, caught up in Nazi craziness in the early phases of WWII. And he did so quietly -- and quasi-legally -- but totally morally. Unsung, he, with the help of his own mother, and colleagues Beatrice Wellington, Doreen Warriner, Trevor Chadwick and others in Prague, managed to organize the rescue of several trainloads totaling 669 children destined for Nazi concentration camps. A last train was stopped by the next escalation in fighting -- most (if not all) those ~200+ children died. No one knew any of this until pretty recently. Beyond his WWII efforts, he also cared about the elderly and infirm, setting up homes to support those in need. And most recently, his story has been shared widely. All together, Winton was a truly extraordinary and epic hero!