Nicholas Winton dead at 106, saved hundreds of children during the Holocaust

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Nicholas Winton holds a child in a train station in Prague in 1939. Winton helped save more than 650 childen by getting them out of Czechoslovakia before the Nazis arrived.

Nicholas Winton holds a child in a train station in Prague in 1939. Winton helped save more than 650 childen by getting them out of Czechoslovakia before the Nazis arrived.
Courtesy Nicholas Winton

British humanitarian Nicholas Winton has died. He was 106 years old.

Winton was a British stock broker in the 1930s, who organized the rescue of hundreds of mostly Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.

It happened right as Allied forces were getting ready to fight in World War II.

One of those kids was the mother of KCRW’s Kim Masters, who interviewed Winton about 7 years ago in London for NPR.

Kim Masters never met her grandmother (left) and grandfather, who were killed by the Nazis. Her Aunt Josi (center) escaped on a train arranged by Winton and recently celebrated her 85th birthday in London. Courtesy Kim Masters
Kim Masters never met her grandmother (left) and grandfather, who were killed by the Nazis. Her Aunt Josi (center) escaped on a train arranged by Winton and recently celebrated her 85th birthday in London.
Courtesy Kim Masters

She spoke to KCRW’s Steve Chiotakis about Winton’s remarkable life.