You may have recently seen an advertisement for a new film in which a man inadvertently fathers 533 children. It’s a comedy and there may be some sort of lesson or message to be gleaned. I’m not sure as I have not seen the film.
However when I recently came across an article about a man who saved 669 children I did wonder “When is Hollywood going to make a movie about this man?”
One can only hope.
75 years ago this December Nicholas Winton, a young English stockbroker, was readying himself for a skiing vacation when he received the following message from a friend.
“I’m in Prague. I have a most interesting assignment and I need your help. Don’t bother bringing your skis.”
Upon arriving he found he had given up his skiing vacation to work in a refugee camp. He became very concerned for the people~ in particular, the children. He spent the next 9 months raising money and finding British foster homes for the children.
The children were loaded onto eight trains total. Their journey would require a train ride to Holland then boarding a ship to England and then another train ride to London where they would meet their new families.
The first seven trains contained 669 children.
The last train left on September 1, 1939. The day Germany and the Soviet Union occupied Czechoslovakia and all borders were closed. The children riding on that last train were never seen again.
Nicholas Winton had saved six hundred and sixty nine children. But he told no one. Not even his wife.
Fifty years later she found a scrapbook in the attic. It contained the photos and names of over 920 children. Mr. Winton’s secret was out. He was coerced by his family and friends to tell his story on a British television show “That’s Life”. Guess who was sitting in the audience?
Sir Nicholas George Winton is now 104 years old. He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth in 2002 and in addition has received numerous other honors. He is referred to as the “British Schindler” and those he saved are known as “Nicky’s Children”. Even so he remains humble. He thinks of the 251 children who were on the last train. Those he couldn’t save.
In a recent interview he stated that if we all lived “by the fundamental ethics of goodness, kindness, decency, love and honor the world would be a different place.”
One man, a Christian, living by the Talmud~ the book of Jewish Law~ “Save one life, save the world”.
Sir Winton believes there is still opportunity to make a difference.
I do too.
“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” ~ Isaiah 1:17
“And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works,” ~ Hebrews 10:24
“Your giving should be in secret. Then your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.” ~ Matthew 6:4