- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Vallentine Mitchell & Co Ltd (1 Nov. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0853034257
- ISBN-13: 978-0853034254
- Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 220,591 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Nicholas Winton and the Rescued Generation: Save One Life, Save the World (Library of Holocaust Testimonies) Paperback – 1 Nov 2001
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It is impossible to imagine how it must have been for those parents to make the decision to send their child/children away and realise that they may never see them again!
It is an emotional but easy book to read and I would recommend it as part of modern history.
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In 1939 there were some 15,000 Czech Jewish children in existence. By the end of the war in 1945 only 100 or so of these children were left alive plus the 669 that Nicholas Winton had managed to save and get to the UK before the European borders closed down.
One of these children was Vera Gissing who co-wrote this book. For a long time she wanted to know who had saved her and eventually she found out. This book is her testament to one man's selfless spirit and his desire to do what he considered was right.
In theory Nicholas Winton could be considered a "righteous man" a gentile who helped the Jewish people in their time of need. But Nicholas Winton himself was born Jewish though he did not practice his faith, and nor did his family so he could not be bestowed with this honour (for he was Jewish in the eyes of Jewish law) but he could be recognised and acknowledged by those that he helped save.
Vera Gissing has co-written a marvellously engrossing book about one man and his life and times, and it is only as you read each page do you understand what Nicholas Winton did to get those 669 children to safety.
This is not a sentimental story, but you should be prepared to invest in a BIG box of tissues, because this story will move you to tears.
A wonderful book which like "The Diary of Anne Frank," and "The Colour of Justice," should be on the shelf of every school in the land.
While more than a five-star story, the book, though indispensable, is not quite a five-star product. It's organization is clunky and its multiple authors inevitably lend an uneven quality to the writing. But these, in the long view, are quibbles. The book is a basic resource for Winton and his "back story," his heroic mission, and the various documentaries and other illuminations of his effort. EVERYONE should get it and read it. "Save one life, save the world."
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