Winton never forgot the sight when the exhausted children from
Czechoslovakia piled out of the trains at London's Liverpool Street
station. All wore name tags around their necks. One by one, English
foster parents collected the refugee children and took them home,
keeping them safe from the war and the genocide that was about to
consume their families back home.
'He rescued the greater part of the Jewish children of my generation in Czechoslovakia. Very few of us met our parents again: they perished in concentration camps. Had we not been spirited away, we would have been murdered alongside them.'
survivors, though many are now grandparents, still call themselves 'Winton's
children.' Among the children saved were Dagmar Simova,
cousin of the Czech-born U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Lady
Milena Grenfell-Baines, whose father, Rudolf Fleischmann saved
Thomas Mann by assisting him to gain Czech citizenship for his
self-imposed exile from Germany after the rise of Hitler. Joe
Schlesinger, the CBC correspondent. Julius Sidon from
California, the brother to Chief Rabbi Karol E. Sidon of the Czech
Republic. Lord Alfred Dubs, a Member of Parliament and former
Minister of Blair's Government. Tom Schrecker, who set up Readers
Digest in several countries. Hugo Merom, the
ex-Israel air force pilot and architect of airports.