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Trip re-creates escape of young Jews

Nicholas Winton (left) met yesterday with about two dozen people he helped rescue from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. Nicholas Winton (left) met yesterday with about two dozen people he helped rescue from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. (Geoff Caddick/AFP/Getty Images)
By Associated Press
September 5, 2009

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LONDON - A vintage train carrying Holocaust survivors pulled into London yesterday, ending a three-day trip marking the 70th anniversary of their extraordinary rescue by a young British stockbroker. Waiting to greet them at Liverpool Street Station was Nicholas Winton, age 100, who organized the rail “kindertransports’’ that carried hundreds of mostly Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to safety in 1939.

In late 1938, Winton had traveled to what was then Czechoslovakia. He feared, correctly, that Czechoslovakia soon would be invaded by the Nazis and Jewish residents would be sent to concentration camps.

He arranged eight trains that carried 669 children through Germany to Britain before the outbreak of World War II. The youngsters were sent to foster homes in England and Sweden.