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The Rescue of the Prague Refugees 1938-39 [Paperback]

William Chadwick


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1 Dec 2010
"Some people have not been given sufficient credit for what they achieved; some have been credited with slightly more than the facts might warrant. I hope this book will help to set the record straight." This book is about the five people most closely involved in the British effort to rescue thousands of refugees - men, women and children - from Czechoslovakia just before the outbreak of war in 1939. Chadwick dedicates a chapter to each of these people; Doreen Warriner, Nicholas Winton, Trevor Chadwick, Bill Barazetti and Beatrice Wellington. All of these people were horrified by the madness destroying whole cultures and wanted to help in some way. They did, contributing in different areas to form a link from the Refugee Office in Prague to England and safety. A book about courage, honour and the uplifting nature of humanity, it will appeal to a wide readership, especially those interested in history and Holocaust studies. At times sad, touching and sweet, The Rescue of the Prague Refugees 1938-39 weaves history and the lives of these five people into a beautifully written, compelling tale.

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William Chadwick was born in Swanage. He emigrated to Canada at the age of 17 where he was educated at Trinity College, the University of Toronto, eventually teaching English and Drama at the Universities of Regina and Waterloo. He moved back to England on retiring in 2001 with his family.

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5.0 out of 5 stars At last the full story. 7 Jun 2011
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This is essential reading for anyone interested in the Prague Kindertransports. Sir Nicholas Winton has said that he is "delighted" with the book, which gives recognition to many others involved. It tells the story in particular of Doreen Warriner, the remarkable moving spirit behind the operation as a whole, and her successor, Beatrice Wellington. Between them, they rescued many thousands of refugees, mainly from the Sudetenland. Recognition is also given to Trevor Chadwick, the author's father, who organised the Winton transports at the Prague end and was there for four months. There is also acknowledgement of the work of R G Stopford who was in charge of the funding of the overall refugee enterprise.
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