Nicholas Winton, a British stockbroker who traveled to Czechoslovakia and successfully rescued 669 Jewish children from the Nazis in 1938, died Wednesday. He was 106. Winton’s dramatic rescue only came to public attention nearly 50 years later, after his wife discovered a scrapbook about it in 1988. He was subsequently hailed as the “British Schindler,” and given the Czech Republic’s highest award, among many others, though he was reportedly baffled by all the attention.

By the end of the war, practically all of the children were orphans, their parents having died in Nazi extermination camps. Today, they and their descendants number over 6,000.

The New York Times

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