Nicholas Winton

Everyone on earth owes a debt of gratitude to Nicholas Winton who died at 106 this week.

He rescued 669 children from the holocaust instead of going on a planned skiing vacation.

Winton through the years downplayed his role in saving the children. He was indeed incredulous that his deed warranted acclaim.

From the New York Times:

Why did he do it?

He never really explained, though he offered a bare rationale in an interview with The New York Times in 2001: “One saw the problem there, that a lot of these children were in danger, and you had to get them to what was called a safe haven, and there was no organization to do that. Why did I do it? Why do people do different things? Some people revel in taking risks, and some go through life taking no risks at all.

Winton lived to be 106 years old. Imagine that. I think God must have saved him from harm and from having a short life after he dared risk everything to save the children.

Read the New York Times article to get the details of this remarkable man’s life.

Rest in Peace, Nicholas Winton.

Author: Chris Bruni

Christina Bruni is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir Left of the Dial. She contributed a chapter "Recovery is Within Reach" to Benessere Psicologico: Contemporary Thought on Italian American Mental Health. As well as an author and activist, Bruni is an artist and athlete.

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