The U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation to honor the “British Schindler.”
Sir Nicholas Winton, 97, helped rescue 669 Czechoslovakian children from Nazi refugee camps to the safety of foster homes in Great Britain and Sweden.
“Sir Nicholas Winton never sought praise or recognition for saving the lives of 669 children, many of whom went on to be doctors, nurses, teachers, ministers, pilots, and even a British member of Parliament,” said Rep. Ron Klein (D-Fla.), who with Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R-Fla.) introduced the resolution last Friday.
Winton’s actions went unrecognized for more than 50 years until his wife, who he had not told of his actions, found an old scrapbook with lists of children’s names and details of the evacuations. Since then Winton, a British citizen, has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for services to humanity and awarded the title of Member of the British Empire. He has received recognition as well by the city of Prague and the Czech Republic.