The man who single-handedly saved 669 Czechoslovakian children on the eve of World War II and is referred to as "Britain's Schindler" died Wednesday at 106 years of age.
Nicholas Winton, a life-long humanitarian who manned the children's section of the British Committee for Refugees from Czechoslovakia, thereby saving hundreds of children from the Holocaust, did not mention his heroism for 50 years.
Born in London in 1909 to parents of German Jewish descent, Winton was raised a Christian. In 1938, a friend working in Prague as an associate of the British Committee of Refugees from Czechoslovakia, told Winton to come to Czechoslovakia to help with Jewish welfare.
Noting the huge influx of refugees from Sudetenland, an area recently annexed by Germany, Winton and his friend correctly assumed that Czech Jews soon would be sent to concentration camps. And as Czech children were being neglected in the refugee effort, Winton answered the call for help himself.