Sir Nicholas Winton meets AJR members
Sir Nicholas Winton, the man who saved 669 Czech Jewish children from certain death in the Holocaust, made a surprise guest appearance at a screening of a film about his life on Thursday 17 January at the Hampstead Theatre.
Winton's Children tells the remarkable story of Sir Nicholas's clandestine efforts to send Czech children to Britian between 1938 and 1939. As well as making several trips to Czechoslovakia, he also arranged for guarantors for the children once they reached Britain.
AJR members were welcomed by Esther Rantzen who also chaired a question and answer session with Sir Nicholas.
Known as the ‘British Schindler’ – a reference to Oskar Schindler, who saved more than 1,000 Jews – Sir Nicholas kept his brave past a secret for 50 years. Now 97, he was knighted in 2002 in honour of his service to humanity.
Recently enroled AJR member, , who was saved by Sir Nicholas attended the event. Mr said, "I was thrilled to meet Sir Nicholas again after all these years - he should receive the highest honour and recognition for his efforts.
AJR member Vera Gissing, one of the children saved by Sir Nicholas, added, “The film is a fitting tribute to a great man. I and many others wouldn’t be here without Sir Nicholas. His actions can never be understated. We are also very grateful to Esther Rantzen, not only for chairing the event but also for helping to bring Sir Nicholas’s bravery to the public’s attention.”