Nicholas Winton organized a rescue operation that brought approximately 669 children, mostly Jewish, from Czechoslovakia to safety in Great Britain before the outbreak of World War II.
Annexation of the Sudetenland, September 1938
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Obviously everybody knew that the Germans marched into Sudetenland. Everybody in England said, you know, “This is Hitler’s last ambition and he’s not going to do any more.” When I was over there and found out that in marching into Sudetenland not only meant that they were marching into that part of Czechoslovakia, which was chiefly inhabited by Germans, but all their defenses were in that line too. So from that moment on Czechoslovakia was pretty defenseless in any case. And of course, Prague was full of Germans already. We were followed around the whole time by the Germans. There one could see what was going on. When one wrote home and said, “Look, this is happening,” they either didn’t want to or didn’t believe that what we were actually seeing there meant what we were perfectly certain that it meant – that the Germans were on their way.