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Tributes pour in as 'British Schindler' Winton dies

By Sally Wardle

Published 02/07/2015

Life-saver: Sir Nicholas Winton
Life-saver: Sir Nicholas Winton

Tributes have poured in for Sir Nicholas Winton, who was called "Britain's Schindler" for saving the lives of Jewish children during the Holocaust, after he died aged 106.

Winton organised eight trains to carry 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to London in 1939, fearing they would otherwise be sent to concentration camps.

He also helped to find foster families for the children once they arrived in England, but did not reveal his astonishing bravery for half-a-century, even to his wife.

Home Secretary Theresa May, MP for Maidenhead where Sir Nicholas was a resident, said he was a "hero of the 20th century".

She said: "Against the odds, he almost single-handedly rescued hundreds of children, mostly Jewish, from the Nazis - an enduring example of the difference that good people can make.

"So many people owe their lives to Nicholas and it was fitting that, in his later years, he finally received the recognition he deserved."

Prime Minister David Cameron, also paid tribute, saying: "The world has lost a great man. We must never forget Sir Nicholas Winton's humanity in saving so many children."

Sir Nicholas, from a German-Jewish family, received a knighthood in 2003 and a Hero of the Holocaust medal at Downing Street in 2010 from Gordon Brown.

Mr Brown said: "Anyone who had the privilege of meeting him immediately felt admiration, respect and were in awe of his courage."

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