Sir Nicholas Winton has died. He was 106 years old.
You’ve never heard of Sir Nicholas Winton? That’s a shame. His was a life we all should aspire to live.
In 1939, while on a two week vacation in Europe, he became concerned with the obvious coming war. He was also concerned with the children who would suffer as a result of the Nazi occupation. He began an effort to get the children out of Czechoslovakia. He took advantage of an obscure British law, along with forging hundreds of documents and blackmailing some officials, to relocate 669 children to the United Kingdom as refugees.
What he did was unknown until 1988 when his wife, prowling around the attic, found documents of his activities along with the name of the children.
Two years ago CBS produced a 60 Minute segment that traced his historic life. He saved 669 children, but they had children and the children had children. Today he died as the father of 15,000 plus children.
Below is the 60 Minute segment. It’s 15 minutes long, but you’ll be better for watching it.