Saturday, 24 May 2014

That's Life (Nicholas Winton)

Two days ago, The Hindu (May 22, 2014) carried an article titled, A Mission of Mercy about a man named Nicholas Winton who saved nearly 669 children just before the Nazi invasion and the extermination of Jews began at the hands of Hitler.  On the occasion of his 105th birthday, these 'Nicky's Children' or their descendants gathered around him to thank and honour this noble man for his foresight, courage and goodwill.  To him, they owed their lives and their living present!

It is said that this noble deed was kept a total secret, so much so that even his wife did not know of it.  Perhaps then it was prudence but to have kept it still a secret all along is truly a matter of great humility. Read more about this noble soul here. Here's a website dedicated to him and his deeds.

Here's a short touching video about Nicholas Winton:

Here are a couple of others who saved hundreds of children from certain death during those dreadful times:

  • Chiune Sugihara (a Japanese diplomat who in 1940 wrote travel visas that allowed more than 6,000 Jewish refugees to escape from Lithuania)
  • Irena Sendlr (a Polish nurse/social worker who smuggled some 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw Ghetto)
  • Aristides de Sousa Mendes (a Portugese diplomat issued visas to thousands of refugees fleeing Bordeaux, France)
  • Walter Suskind (a Dutch factory manager who helped about 600 Jewish children escape the Holocaust)

[courtesy: Wikipedia]

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