Christians and Jews honour man who saved 100s from Holocaust

A rare screening of an award-winning film about a British man who rescued almost 700 Jewish children from the Nazis was held in central London last night.

Sir Nicholas Winton MBE, who was raised and baptised in a Christian family, organised the evacuation of 669 children by train and boat from Czechoslovakia to England from 1938 to 1939.

Working at considerable personal risk, the then 29-year-old stock-broker persuaded the British authorities to allow him to transport the children to adoptive families in the UK.

The full story was detailed in the moving documentary film 'Nicky's Family', which showed the heartache of Czech and Slovak parents who gave their children away to strangers in the UK. Many of these parents later died in Auschwitz.

The 104-year-old could not be at the screening due to poor health but members of his family, and five of the children he saved - also known as Nicky's family - were in attendance.

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