A stamp to honour Sir Nicholas Winton
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Sir Nicholas Winton was a true British hero.
The man dubbed Britain’s Oskar Schindler passed away this month at the age of 106. He organised eight trains to take 669 unaccompanied children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to safety in London.
He also helped to find foster families for the youngsters once they arrived in England but, in a mark of his incredible humility, did not speak about his astonishing bravery for half a century.
He was rightly honoured in his lifetime including with a knighthood from the Queen and a statue in his home town. But his name and the lesson that one person can make a difference even in the face of overwhelming evil, must live on. The rare honour of a Royal Mail stamp would help to achieve that while at the same time being a fitting tribute to Sir Nicholas.
Without Sir Nicholas, hundreds would not have lived and thousands more would not have been born. As Alf Dubs, one of those saved, wrote in the Guardian: "Nicky Winton was truly a special human being. A lesser person might have said: "It’s too difficult, not my problem." He could easily have walked away but didn't. I shall miss him dreadfully, as will the hundreds whose lives he saved as well as their children and grandchildren."
David Cameron described Sir Nicholas as "a great man" whose humanity must never be forgotten while broadcaster Esther Rantzen said: “Not only did he save a generation of Czech Jewish children from the Holocaust, but he was a visionary who inspired thousands of today’s young people to believe that one person can really make a difference. He was far too modest himself to recognise that he was a tremendous force for good.”
“Sir Nicholas Winton was an incredible man whose selfless and courageous actions saved 669 children from the Holocaust. Anyone who has heard of him has learnt something about standing up against injustice. He was rightly recognised for his actions during his lifetime and this is a fitting tribute to ensure that his legacy will continue - we are delighted to be working with the Jewish News on this initiative.” - Karen Pollock MBE, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust
We can think of few others so deserving of a Royal Mail stamp. Please join the Jewish News in calling for this British hero to be recognised with a special stamp from the Royal Mail. The more support this campaign attracts the better chance we have of succeeding.
Sir Nicholas may have shied away from the 'hero' tag. For us he was the very definition of the word.
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