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RIP Nicholas Winton, British Savior of Czech Jewish Children from the Nazis, Including Filmmaker Karel Reisz

RIP Nicholas Winton, British Savior of Czech Jewish Children from the Nazis, Including Filmmaker Karel Reisz

Read Robert McFadden’s excellent New York Times obit of the British hero who died at 106, “one man who just decided to do the right thing,” wrote Michael Phillips in the Wall Street Journal. A stock broker in the 1930s, Winton deferred a ski vacation to organize the rescue of hundreds of mostly Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, just before World War II began. 

Among the 669 Jewish children who Winton sent via train to England before the arrival of the Nazis were filmmaker Karel Reisz (“Isadora,” “The French Lieutenant’s Woman,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain”) as well as the mother of The Hollywood Reporter and KCRW’s Masters, who interviewed Winton in London for NPR some years ago. She spoke to KCRW about Winton, below. 

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