With 3-year old Hansi Neumann in 1939. Click on the picture for his story.

WINTON'S CHILDREN

 

Sir Nicholas Winton in 2003

In the 9 months leading up to the outbreak of World War II, 669 children, mostly Jewish, were transported from Czechoslovakia to Britain and other countries. This was due almost entirely to the foresight and energy of a 29-year old stockbroker, Nicky Winton - now Sir Nicholas Winton. This action saved the lives of these children, since most of their families and contempories who remained in Czechoslovakia perished. The full story is told elsewhere [BBC   Lest We Forget  Jewish Virtual Library  The Power Of Good etc.].  A wealth of information is also available at Richard Gaskell's site at http://www.geocities.com/czechandslovakthings/. There is also a recent (April 2008) 20 minute presentation at http://www.rotary-ribi.org/video/SirNicholas.asp

Due mainly to Nicky's modesty, the details of this monumental action remained hidden for many years. Since it came to light, contact has been made with many of the 'children', now dispersed all over the world. Most of them are now parents, grandparents and even great-grandparents - all of them owing a debt of gratitude to Nicky for what he did.

However, not all of the 'children' have been contacted, their whereabouts remains unknown. Some of these will have passed on, as have a number of those who have been located. These pages list details of those 'children' who, as far as is known, remain unaware of the full story. The internet gives them, or their families, a chance of making contact and thus understanding a little more of their roots.

The document from which this data is taken is headed thus:

LIST OF CHILDREN BROUGHT OVER UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE CZECH CHILDREN'S SECTION
ON TRANSPORTS FROM PRAGUE.  THIS LIST IS IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE SECTION'S RECORDS
OF 15th FEBRUARY, 1940.

We understand that the document was prepared by W. H. Loewinsohn (who later changed his name to Friedl Low), Assistant Secretary to Nicky in London.

The original of this document, and the accompanying scrapbook, is deposited at Yad Vasham, the Holocaust museum in Jerusalem. What follows is a transcript of the information relating to those with whom contact has NOT been made so far, although scanned images are available of all the original pages.

There will no doubt be a number of errors and omissions in data of this type, not least as a result of transcribing the data, both at this time onto a web page, but also when the data was originally assembled from the various sources. Some information changed with time - there is evidence of addresses being updated when children moved. Indeed, there are many hand-written alterations and additions, many of which refer to later dates, so the document was being updated to a greater or lesser extent for some time after the above date. Since the bulk of the data, however, was prepared on a British typewriter, the European accents on letters have been dropped, or alternative spellings used. As time permits, some of the probable alternative spellings will be added, but the user should be prepared to try variations on the name being sought.

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