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    Holocaust 'hero' Sir Nicholas Winton dies aged 106


    Holocaust 'hero' Sir Nicholas Winton dies aged 106





    Sir Nicholas Winton, who organised the rescue of 669 children destined for Nazi concentration camps, has died aged 106.

    Sir Nicholas, then a stockbroker, arranged for trains to carry Jewish children out of occupied Prague.

    The prime minister described him as a "great man" and the chief rabbi praised his "exceptional courage".

    He died on the anniversary of the departure of a train in 1939 carrying the largest number of children - 241.

    His son-in-law Stephen Watson said he died peacefully in his sleep at Wexham Hospital, Slough.

    Sir Nicholas brought the children to Britain, battling bureaucracy at both ends, saving them from almost certain death, and then kept quiet about his exploits for a half-century.

    He organised a total of eight trains from Prague, with some other forms of transport also set up from Vienna.


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    By 1938 he was a young stockbroker in London

    He dropped everything to go to Prague to help Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi occupation
    Sir Nicholas organised foster families for Jewish children in Britain, placing adverts in newspapers

    The 669 children travelled on eight trains across four countries
    Sir Nicholas's team persuaded British custom officials to allow all the children in despite incomplete documentation



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    Sounds like he's a hero, not a "hero".

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    Now that man was a real badass...
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    Fair fucking play. A hero indeed.
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    I move for removal of quotation marks in thread title. Does anyone second?:)

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweats View Post
    I move for removal of quotation marks in thread title. Does anyone second?:)

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    agreed
    go to http://www.bullshido.net/forums/prof...do=editoptions > under Thread Display Options > Number of Posts to Show Per Page: 40

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    Admin, I request a change in thread title from `hero' to Hero.

    Thank you.

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    Guy is about as cut and dried a hero as a human can be. Why the scare quotes?

    I'm hoping it was a mistake, or maybe an attempt at pointing out that no person can truly be a "hero"? Maybe not the best case to prove that point, but somewhat understandable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tramirezmma View Post
    Guy is about as cut and dried a hero as a human can be. Why the scare quotes?

    I'm hoping it was a mistake, or maybe an attempt at pointing out that no person can truly be a "hero"? Maybe not the best case to prove that point, but somewhat understandable.
    It is a pretty common error to use quotes for emphasis.

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    Rest In Peace, Sir Nicholas Winton

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