For almost 50 years, Winton told no one about his rescue efforts. In late 1987, Winton’s wife, Grete, discovered papers in their attic related to his prewar activities. It was only then that the remarkable story emerged about the rescue operation that saved 669 lives. The Winton’s shared their story with Dr. Elisabeth Maxwell, a Holocaust scholar and the wife of the British newspaper magnate, the late Robert Maxwell. In February 1988, Dr. Maxwell had Winton’s story published in the Sunday Mirror, which was featured that same night on the BBC program, That’s Life. As a result, Winton was reunited with many of the “children” he saved. Vera Gissing, a rescued child, has written her memoirs in Pearls of Childhood (Robson Books Ltd., 1988). She tells the story of her rescue and growing up in Britain, her adopted land. Gissing researched extensively and later collaborated with Winton and author Muriel Emanuel on the book Nicholas Winton and the Rescued Generation (Vallentine Mitchell, 2002). Both books are excellent sources of information.
Director: Matej Minac
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