Sir Nicholas Winton died on 1st July 2015

Nicholas Winton

Many people came to the Prague Main Railway Station to remember the life and the recent death of Sir Nicholas Winton. Sir Winton died at the age of 106 on 1st July 2015. People commemorate the hero of the 20th century by lighting candles and laying flowers at his statue at the Prague Main Railway Station.

Transports were arranged and 669 Czechoslovak children were saved

He was a real hero as he was able and willing to save more than 650 Jewish children from Czechoslovakia. They rescued them from certain death in Nazi extermination camps on the eve of World War Two. Sir Nicholas saved 669 Czechoslovak Jewish children by transporting them by trains from then Nazi Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia to Britain in 1939. The transports of Czechoslovak children were organised from May 1939 to the 1st September 1939 when the Nazi prohibited the departure and the WWII broke out.

Nicholas Winton – The Order of the White Lion

For these reason Sir Winter was given the highest Czech state decoration – the Order of the White Lion –  in 2014. A lot of Czech citizens tried to promote his nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize; however, these attempts were not successful yet. But tomorrow is another day.

The other medals and awards

Sir Winton was awarded by many British and Czech awards and he has been also knighted. Formed Czech president Vaclav Havel presented him the Order of Thomas Garrigue Masaryk in 1998 and he was given the Hero of the Holocaust medal in 2010.

Nicholas Winton – An example to be followed

For these brave and unselfish deeds we can consider Sir Nicholas Winton for the towering figure of the 20th century and the an example to be followed in its humanity and selflessness.

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