Sir Nicholas Winton was known for organising the rescue of 669 Czech children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia during the 9 months before war broke out in 1939. He died on 1st July 2015 aged 106.

His story is told in a new film, One Life, based on his biography of the same name, written by his daughter Barbara. One Life is released in UK cinemas on 1 January 2024, and worldwide in 2024.

sir nicholas winton as a child with his parents and siblings circa 1920

About Sir Nicholas

After four years of research and writing, my father's biography was finally published in mid-May 2014 to coincide with his 105th birthday! It was a great voyage of discovery for me and I was privileged to have had access to all Nicky's papers and photos which he kept throughout his life, as well as his own recollections and those of his friends, family and colleagues. I hope that those who read it, find the stories therein as fascinating as I did.

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Winton's Children

In the 9 months leading up to the outbreak of World War II, 669 children, mostly Jewish, were transported from Czechoslovakia to Britain and other countries.

This was due almost entirely to the foresight and energy of a small group of people of whom 29-year old stockbroker, Nicky Winton - now Sir Nicholas Winton was the organiser.

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Sir Nicholas Winton on the right


This exhibition is a tour through the life of Sir Nicholas Winton. Personal items from his archive illustrate different moments in his life. His work on the Czech and Slovak Kindertransport in 1939 is best known but his early life, his war and post-war service and later charitable work are also explored.

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Celebrations, Places of Interest and Memorials

Sir Nicholas Winton has been celebrated across the world in countless ways. Here we detail a few notable Memorials and places of interest.

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You can make a difference.

If Nicky’s story has inspired you, we encourage you do what you can to support refugees today. If you'd like to donate to charities we support, we recommend the following. Any donations help them to continue this vital work. Thank you.


Safe Passage

In the UK, Safe Passage is a charity that helps child refugees reach safety.
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The International Rescue Committee

Across the world, The International Rescue Committee (IRC) helps people affected by humanitarian crises—including the climate crisis—to survive, recover and rebuild their lives.
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