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Nicholas Winton and the Rescued Generation: Save One Life, Save the World (Library of Holocaust Testimonies) Paperback – 1 Nov 2001

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  • 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: 2,455 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lee on 8 Sept. 2013
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I know someone who has a friend who is one of these children. It really did motivate me to learn more.

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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By madman on 3 Dec. 2013
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This book documents the life and times of a quite remarkable yet unsung hero of the Pre War Months and his work in recuing 667 children from the Nazi conquest in Czechoslovakia. The 2 authors, the first covering his Grandparents to the eve of the fateful trip to Prague in December 1938, the second author covering the transports from Czechoslovakia to the UK. It is moving, from tears of sorrow for the departure of the children fron their loving homes, on a journey into the unknown,to his discovery and the reunion of some of 'his Children', to the accolades that have justly been bestowed upon him in his retirement. It is an insiration for all! A Very, Very good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By mj goodrich on 12 Sept. 2014
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A testament to an unsung hero 27 Jan. 2004
By Kali - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a book about an ordinary man who never asked to be thanked. He did what he thought was his duty as a human being and a pacifist. In 1939 Nicholas Winton a Stockbroker from London set about trying to save the doomed children Jewish children of an about to be invaded Czechoslovakia. His efforts saved 669 of them.
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.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Wonderful story from WWII 11 Jan. 2010
By T. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a heart-warming story of a caring person who did something to help others in World War II. I was not familiar with the story of Nicholas Winton and was fascinated by what he was able to accomplish. His actions impacted the lives of so many children and gave them an opportunity they would not otherwise have received. I highly recommend this book as one that will add to our understanding of those who sacrificed of themselves to lessen the horror of Nazi Germany.
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A Little-Known Hero 4 Feb. 2014
By Figaro - Published on Amazon.com
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I discovered the story of Nicholas Winton this past October when in Prague. While on a walking tour of Prague During World War II -- not a pretty story -- our superb guide went into great detail regarding the heroics of Winton and his group in evacuating some 669 Jewish children from the city. I was so impressed by this extraordinary story that, upon return, I set about finding material about him and, to my great good fortune, unearthed this particular book. An unassuming individual, Winton's heroics did not come to full public light until the late 1980s when many of the rescued children -- "Winton's Children" -- began to come forward with their stories, located Winton living in the UK and, as the saying goes, the rest is history. As far as I know, as of this writing Winton is still living (at around 104 years) and receiving the recognition he so justly deserves.

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."
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Great read 21 Oct. 2013
By authalene graham - Published on Amazon.com
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Should be mandatory ready in schools. I read it because my friend in England told me about it. She also had met Nicholas Winton. First half of book was a little boring but second half was wonderful. Good writing.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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When I was considering purchasing a book about Nicholas Winton, I looked him up on the internet. Much to my amazement I found he is still alive and a bit over 100 years old. Nicholas was born in 1909 to parents who were both originally German Jews. His family settled in England and he and his siblings were all baptized and confirmed. To me it seemed at times Nicholas was kind of between two worlds. He was hardly a practising Jew, but neither was he a practising Catholic. As an adult Nicholas studied banking, working for some large banks and dealing with the Stock Exchange. He became friends with a man named Martin Blake who asked Nicholas to join his rescue mission of Czech children around Christmas 1938. Nicholas was well suited to this job; young, energetic, and a model of organization. He didn't have enough people helping him, not enough money, and not enough foster parents for the refugees. He did have lots of refugee children, however, and succeeded in getting out over 600 of them mostly to England in 1939. Since World War II started in September 1939 that ended the rescue mission. A wonderful book about an amazing man who never mentioned the rescue mission for over 50 years. The only reason I gave this review 4 stars was because I knew much of the story already. I highly recommend this book for everybody about an amazing and very modest man who didn't think he had done anything that special.
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