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The Holocaust (1934-1945)

Winton leaves legacy of moral courage

The world lost one of its most remarkable citizens with the recent passing of Sir Nicholas Winton. His name may not be familiar to most of us, but there are hundreds of people who owe him their lives. On Dec. 2, 1938, less than a month after the Nazi Kristallnacht pogrom that destroyed Jewish businesses, homes and synagogues, relief agencies began rescuing Jewish children in Germany and Austria on Kindertransports (children's transports). Parents were allowed to send their children alone out of harm's way; over a period of 18 months, these transports moved almost 10,000 children to safety. Winton, then a 29-year-old British stockbroker, realized that other children, notably those...

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