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Sir Nicholas Winton (1909-2015)

Sir Nicholas Winton passed away on July 1, 2015 at the age of 106. Click here to read his obituary in the Guardian.

Sir Nicholas - Centenarian

Sir Nicholas Winton celebrated his 100th birthday on May 19 2009.

The Power of Good

In 1939, Nicholas Winton personally saved the lives of 669 children. Most of them were Jewish — from Czechoslovakia, which was soon to be occupied by the Nazis.

He brought them to Britain and kept it a secret for nearly 50 years. In 2002 Queen Elizabeth II conferred knighthood on Winton.

Winton, about to become a centenarian, is an immensely compelling symbol of how a caring person can truly make a difference. Click here to see how Sir Nicholas celebrated his 99th birthday.


During her four day state visit to central Europe, the Queen of England, Elizabeth II, met with Sir Nicholas in Bratislava, Slovakia. To see the article in the Telegraph click here.

Read and listen to Kim Masters' essay Finding A Hero Amid Fading Memories which was broadcast on NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday, October 11, 2008. It's an account of Kim's mother and her sisters who are 'Winton children.'

Czech filmmaker Matej Mináč made a documentary film of Winton's life "Nicholas Winton – The Power of Good" which won the International Emmy Award in 2002. The DVD and film are licensed for use in education settings.

An 11-minute preview of the film, along with links to oral history interviews with several 'Winton children' can be found here.

Click here to order a complimentary copy of the film and study guide. Created by the Gelman Education Foundation and distributed by the Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive, the DVD and study guide are available free of charge for educational purposes.