In observation of the recent International Holocaust Remembrance Day, we bring to you an unsung Holocaust hero that history books often leave out.

This is a story of a British banker who took a two-week holiday to Prague in 1938 in what was then Czechoslovakia and left with over 669 Jewish children, saving them from inevitable death at the hands of the Nazis.

For 50 years, he never spoke of his heroism, and the children never knew who saved them.

Nicky Winton, the British Banker

Sir Nicholas Winton visiting Prague in 2007 (Wikimedia Commons). Sources: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Winton_students_4657.JPG
Sir Nicholas Winton visiting Prague in 2007. Hynek MoravecCC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Sir Nicholas George Winton, who people affectionately called “Nicky,” was a stockbroker from the United Kingdom. He was a humble man who, despite his financial success, always had the heart to give to people that had been struck by difficulties in life.