Sir Nicholas Winton is the first person to be inducted into the new Rotarian Peace Hall of Fame at the Illinois Holocaust Museum
Sir Nicholas Winton, member and former President of Maidenhead Rotary Club was the first to be honoured with a plaque when the Rotarian Peace Hall of Fame was unveiled on Thursday, September 26 in the Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center.
On the eve of the Second World War, 'Nicky' Winton, (now aged 104) rescued 669 Jewish Czech and Slovak children from their certain fate of the Nazi death camps through organising 8 kindertransport trains to bring them to secure families in England. A ninth train was scheduled to leave with 250 children the day war began and could not depart. These children were among the six million Jews who perished under Nazi rule.
Although unable to attend the Illinois ceremony himself, Sir Nicholas was represented by Renata Laxova and Gerard Friedenfeld, two of the children he saved. A screening of the acclaimed documentary, Nicky's Family, was followed by the unveiling of the plaque. Nicky