Garden of the Righteous at Adas Israel - Honoring Sir Nicholas Winton Adas Israel Congregation


May 1, 2019 @ 7:00 pm
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Adas Israel Congregation

This year on Wednesday May 1 at 7 pm, Erev Yom Hashoa, Adas Israel Congregation will honor the memory of Sir Nicholas Winton from Great Britain. Sir Nicholas was a 29-year-old stockbroker who in 1939 organized trains out of Prague to secure the safe passage of children, most of them Jewish, from Czechoslovakia to England at the dawn of World War II in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport. Winton raised money to fund the transports of the children and also the 50 pound per child guarantee demanded by the British government to fund the children’s eventual return ticket. He also had to find British families willing to care for the refugee children. In all, Winton was able to bring 669 children out of Czechoslovakia to England. The world found out about his work over 50 years later, in 1988, and the British press dubbed him the “British Schindler”. Taking into the account the children and grandchildren of those he saved, there are estimated to be around 6,000 people in the world today who owe him their lives. To this day they call themselves ‘Nicky’s children’. Winton has received many honors, including a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 for his services to humanity.