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Nicholas Winton: The Real Heroic Santa Claus!

December 26, 2010

“The thing is to be prepared always to help other people if there is an opportunity to do so…” — Sir Nicholas Winton

I’d like to share this great story. It is worth-sharing during this year’s and the following years’ yuletide season. If Santa Claus were real, the real Santa should be none other than this man who saved 669 Jewish children from the Nazis.

The following article is from

In 1938, Nicholas Winton helped 669 Jewish kids escape certain death from the Nazis. He never told anyone.

While on ski trip in Switzerland, Winton took a detour in Czechoslovakia to help the children of refugees. Nazi Germany had recently annexed a large part of Czechoslovakia and the news of Kristallnacht, a violent attack on Jews in Germany and Austria, had just reached Prague.

Nicholas Winton

Nicholas Winton

Winton set up a rescue operation for the children, filling out the required paperwork for them to be sent to homes in Sweden and Great Britain. He had to raise money to fund foster homes for all of them, and then he sent 669 children away from Czechoslovakia on trains before the Nazis closed down the borders.

Winton told no one that he did this, not even his wife. In 1988, his wife found a scrapbook full of pictures of the children and letters from parents in their attic. She arranged to have Winton’s story appear in newspapers.

Many of the children Winton saved went on the BBC television program, That’s Life, to meet him for the first time since the war. They refer to themselves as “Winton’s children.”

Winton is now 101 years old and has received awards from Israel and the Czech Republic as well as Knighthood from the Queen of England in 1993.

A real Santa...

A real Santa...

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Matt Wavle permalink
    December 28, 2010 3:38

    Sir Nicholas Winston… What a real life HERO!

    Vincent, in a real way, YOU are a real life hero as well, when you liberate the minds of those suffering the injustice of an often self-imposed incarceration based on socialist ideals. I watch quietly as you as you, time after time, win hands down, in the battle of ideas. Your well thought and equally well presented expositions are based on objective reason, and help me put my parallel thoughts into a more coherent treatise for those socialist, or otherwise lost souls I encounter. Thank you.

    • December 28, 2010 3:38


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