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'British Schindler' Sir Nicholas Winton dies aged 106

Unassuming hero who saved the lives of 669 Jewish children from the Nazis in 1939 died peacefully in his sleep

The unassuming hero, who saved the lives of 669 children in 1939 by sending them from Prague to London by train, died peacefully in his sleep at Wexham Park hospital in Slough, his son-in-law, Stephen Watson, said.

A statement from the Rotary Club of Maidenhead, of which he was a member, reported the death “with much sadness” of a man they acknowleged as “probably the oldest active Rotarian in the world”.

Winton organised eight trains from Prague to London to carry the children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, when he feared they would be sent to concentration camps, and helped find them foster families in England.

But he told no one of his war time actions for half-a-century – not even his wife and children.

From a German-Jewish family, he received a knighthood in 2003 and a Hero of the Holocaust medal at Downing Street in 2010. Last year he was awarded the Order of the White Lion by the Czech president, Milos Zeman, at a ceremony in Prague.

Source: The Guardian

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