I’m delighted that Royal Mail have agreed to commemorate local hero Sir Nicholas Winton with a special postage stamp in his honour.
I signed and have been promoting a petition, set up by Jewish News, calling for the honour. The petition has since hit 106,000 signatories. Thank you to the Jewish News and everyone that signed it.
Sir Nicholas was known as the ‘British Schindler’ for saving 669 Jewish children from certain death at the hands of the Nazis. In 1938 and 1939, he organised the ‘Kindertransport’ from Czechslovakia, which evacuated Jewish children to safety in the UK.
He did this all from his home at 20 Willow Road. He was an unassuming man in an unassuming house in Hampstead, and he changed the world. Sir Nicholas passed away last month, and I’m looking at ways that he can be commemorated locally.
As the Talmud says, “Whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.” By saving so many innocent children, Sir Nicholas saved untold worlds, and we have a huge amount to thank him for. I’m delighted to see this come to fruition.