, the hero who “saved a generation of Czech Jews”, is known as “Schindler of Britain”. The queen of England knighted him. The Czech president personally awarded him the highest honor “white lion Medal”. The “children” he saved regarded him as their biological father. His statues were erected in London and Prague stations, and a Czech discovery An asteroid named after him.

Nicholas Winton

Nicholas Winton didn’t feel anything different from ordinary people except that he accidentally lived to 105. But to others, saving 669 children from the Nazis doesn’t seem to be so easy to ignore.

before the outbreak of World War II, this ordinary Englishman organized eight trains to transport 669 Jewish children from Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia to Britain, passing by concentration camps and death. Over the past 70 years, about 6000 of these “Winton children” and their descendants have survived because of Winton.

the hero who “saved a generation of Czech Jews” is known as “Schindler of England”. The queen of England knighted him. The Czech president personally awarded him the highest honor “white lion Medal”. The “children” he saved regarded him as their biological father. His statues were erected in London and Prague stations, There is even an asteroid named after him discovered in the Czech Republic.

but up to now, the stubborn old man who “concealed” his good deeds for half a century still stubbornly believes that he just did something that normal people would do, but Europe was crazy at that time.

in 1938, when British Prime Minister Chamberlain happily waved the Munich agreement to “bring peace back to Britain”, German Jewish immigrant Winton was not happy at all: “I know what is happening in Germany better than most people, especially those politicians.” Nicholas Winton, a 29 year old stockbroker at the time, was invited by friends to temporarily cancel his plan to go skiing in Switzerland on New Year’s Eve and diverted to Prague.

250000 refugees who had just escaped from the Sudetenland region occupied by the German army crowded into the city shrouded in the shadow of war. Many Jewish parents knew that they could not escape bad luck and wanted to use their last effort to send their children to a safe place. The despair and sadness seen in the Czech refugee camp made their friends sob in the tent. Winton immediately learned to restrain and not be swallowed up by emotion, so as to focus all his energy on what he could do.

when the historical train sped all the way in the direction of derailment, “Winton train” started quietly.

Winton set up an office dedicated to the relief of child refugees, received Jewish parents who came to register their children’s information from morning to night, and then lobbied the authorities of various countries to receive these children. Only when Britain agrees to accept these small refugees, but requires Winton to find a family willing to adopt each Jewish child in the UK, will the government agree to issue a visa.

“these Jewish refugee children are a thorn in my side. I decided to try to get them a pass to Britain. I think you can do it if what you do is reasonable in nature.” Winton made a batch of small cards printed with children’s information. After returning home from the holiday, he implemented the adoptive families one by one. He not only obtained visas, but also raised £ 50 for each child’s travel expenses.

“he has that kind of blood and one-sided toughness. He doesn’t care what he wants to do. He just makes up his mind to do it all the time, no matter what price he pays.” Many years later, when referring to the father’s task that everyone regarded as “impossible”, daughter Barbara said.

on March 14, 1939, two volunteers organized in the Czech Republic and met Winton in Britain. The first train carrying Jewish children with identification numbers tied around their necks quietly set out from Prague. The next day, the German army entered the Czech capital. With the visa delayed, Winton began to forge entry documents. From March to August, eight trains carrying 669 Jewish children escaped from hell.

Lord Alfred dubs was only six years old when his mother put him on the train. “I can still see Prague Station – children, parents, soldiers wearing Nazi cross marks,” recalls the British Labour politician, “When we arrived in Holland the next night, the adults cheered because we finally left Nazi rule. I didn’t quite understand at that time.”

lenat laksova, now 83, didn’t understand why her parents still had to drive herself to the car after she even made a “poisonous oath” that she would eat spinach well in the future; Thomas Grumman, then 8, remembered what his mother said at the station. “Learn English well and everything will get better soon.” Now his English is very good, but he has never seen his mother or his brother who should have taken the train to England on September 1.

the 9th train failed to run through the Blitzkrieg in Germany. At 4:40 a.m. on September 1, 1939, the German army flashed and invaded Poland. The train originally scheduled to leave that day was stopped at the border and diverted directly to the gas chamber of sobiburg concentration camp. “On that day, 250 families waited on Liverpool Avenue, only to be disappointed. If the train could leave a day earlier, the outcome would be completely different.” After years of mentioning the matter, Winton still regretted that he couldn’t be faster.

15000 Czechoslovak children died in World War II, and the “Winton children” basically never met their parents again. When the motherland behind him became a hell on earth, the 669 “brave survivors” got off the Winton train and began a strange life in a foreign country.

many years later, the Czech president praised