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.
A Rescuer’s Double Life
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I just left one office and went home and did the other work. It didn’t seem strange to me at the time. I had the police call on me, I remember, asking why I had that enormous correspondence with Czechoslovakia from a private house, but I think I was far too busy to entertain those kinds of thoughts at that time. It was two different lives. I mean people mostly on the stock exchange, or a lot of people on the stock exchange, I didn’t talk to about what I was doing. I mean nearly all of them or most of them had completely different political views and opinions to mine, so there was really no point in discussing it. They couldn’t help in any way. At least some of them whom I was more friendly with very likely gave me some money for the running of the office, but I can’t really remember those details any more. I don’t think when I left the City at three-thirty most of the people knew what I was doing in the evenings. I don’t think so. I mean there was certainly nobody I knew in the City who in any way helped me with what I was doing with regard to the children, nobody at all. It was two existences, separate, self contained.