Nicholas Winton

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Sir Nicholas Winton
Winton in Prague on 10 October 2007.
Nicholas George Wertheim

(1909-05-19)19 May 1909
Died1 July 2015(2015-07-01) (aged 106)
Slough, Berkshire, England
Other namesNicholas George Wortham
Alma materStowe School
Years active1938–2015
Grete Gjelstrup (m. 1948–1999)
(her death)

Sir Nicholas George Winton MBE (born Nicholas George Wertheim; 19 May 1909 – 1 July 2015) was a British humanitarian. He is best known for his role in the rescue of 669 mostly Jewish children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia before World War II. This event became known as the Czech Kindertransport. He was also known as the "British Schindler".

Winton was born in Hampstead, London, England. His parents were German Jews. The family later became Christians and Winton was baptised. In 1923, he began studying at Stowe School. He married Grete Gjelstrup, a woman of Danish origin, in 1948. They were married until Gjelstrup's death in 1999. They had three children together, Nicholas, Barbara and Robin.[1]

Winton died from respiratory failure on 1 July 2015 in Slough, Berkshire, aged 106.[2]

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  1. "Nicholas Winton biography". Archived from the original on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 9 February 2014.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link) Archived.
  2. "Holocaust 'hero' Sir Nicholas Winton dies aged 106". BBC. 1 July 2015. Retrieved 6 December 2017.

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