Minister Vondra receives Sir Winton
Following the film premiere of Nicky´s Family in the Czech Republic on Sir Nicholas Winton deed made back in 1939, Czech Defence Minister Alexandr Vondra received him with his "children" on 21st January 2011.
The Nicky´s Family is the third film of Slovak director Matej Minac on a Briton, who in 1938 and 1939 saved 669 mostly Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia by organising their transport to the Great Britain.
Minister Alexandr Vondra received Sir Nicolas Winton (born 1909) together with his 15 "children" in Prague to mark his exceptional humanitarian deed and to get personally acquainted with life fates of rescued children.
Winton´s humanitarian work in Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II was honoured by former Czech president Vaclav Havel awarding him the “Order of Tomas Garrigue Masaryk“ in 1998, and in 2002, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and styled “Sir“. Among other honours, he is also the “Member of the Order of the British Empire“ awarded in 1983 “For service to the community in Maidenhead, Berkshire, the U.K.“
Former Defence Minister Vlasta Parkanova awarded Sir Nicholas Georgie Winton the “Cross of Merits, Grade I“ in October 2007, and Vice-Chairman of the Czech Senate Premysl Sobotka proposed him for the Nobel Peace Price on the occassion of this last visit in the Czech Republic.
Posted: January 24, 2011