669 Jewish children were saved from Hitler's overs by one man 08/08/2017

Shalom Mel
Britain's Schindler - 669 Jewish children were saved by this man, Sir Nicholas Winton.

In 1939, just before World War II broke out, 669 children, mostly Jews, stood on the platform of Prague's Wilson Railway Station making farewells to parents and siblings, many of whom would die during the Holocaust in Nazi death camps.

Some pleaded with their parents to not send them away.

"I was begging them to take me home," Czech physician Renata Laxova recalls. "I was promising to always eat spinach. I had always refused, which had been a significant issue in our home. My parents told me the truth. They said, 'We are sending you away. There is nothing more we want than to have you with us. But we want you to learn in school and be safe. We will do what we can to follow you. If we can't follow you, we will come and get you when this occupation is over.'" (Detroit Free Press)

The children's escape from certain death in Hitler's ovens was orchestrated by an unknown hero, a 29-year-old London stockbroker named Nicholas Winton.

"He rescued the greater part of the Jewish children of my generation in Czechoslovakia," said Vera Gissing, author of the memoir Pearls of Childhood. "Very few of us met our parents again: they perished in concentration camps. Had we not been spirited away, we would have been murdered alongside them."

For 50 years, his remarkable achievement went unrecognized.

In fact, many of Winton’s children would not have known who saved their lives had it not been for a serendipitous “accident.”

"I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people, to restore the land and to reassign its desolate inheritances, to say to the captives, ‘Come out,’ and to those in darkness, ‘Be free!’" (Isaiah 49:8–9)

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