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In 1938, Sir Nicholas Winton brought Jewish children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia to safety in the UK. Fifty years later, That’s Life reunited him with some of those children.
Sir Nicholas Winton was a hero of the Holocaust, who in 1938 oversaw the Czech Kindertransport, which brought Jewish children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia to safety in the UK.
He worked tirelessly to ensure money was raised and homes were found for the young refugees, but it was 50 years before the full story of his heroic efforts became public knowledge.
In 1988, his wife discovered a scrapbook in the attic containing all the children’s photos, a list of their names, letters from some of their parents, and other documents. It was the first time she’d learned of her husband’s story. The BBC programme That’s Life reunited him with just a few of the many hundreds of people he had rescued.
Sir Nicholas was knighted in 2003, and died in 2015 at the age of 106.