Kindertransport

Today I was browsing one of my favourite sites, Upworthy, and came across a beautiful video about a gentleman by the name of Sir Nicholas Winton. Winton was a British Jew who organized transport for nearly 700 Czech-Jewish children from Prague to Britain in the 9 months leading up to the outbreak of WWII. The transport of Jewish children to Britain was/is remembered as Kindertransport and occurred in numerous countries including Czechoslovakia, Poland, Germany, Austria and the free city of Danzig. Nearly 10,000 children under the age of 17 were transported by train to Britain to stay with British families for the duration of the war. This transport to Britain was made possible following Kristallnacht, when a bill was presented to the British parliament asking the government to skirt immigration laws and temporarily permit unaccompanied Jewish children into the country.

Without the compassion and help from people like Sir Nicholas Winton, many more European Jews would have lost their lives. Incredibly, Winton is still alive today residing in England at the age of 103. Below you will find a short video posted by Upworthy via YouTube of a meeting in 1988 between Winton and some of the Jewish children he helped transport.

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