Celebrating Sir Nicholas Winton 1909 – 2015
I recently had the honour of attending a memorial service at Guildhall to celebrate the life of Sir Nicholas, but also a beautiful memorial concert at St John’s Smith Square.
I then thought about when I met Sir Nicholas Winton at the Swedish residence a few years ago. He was very charming and had lots of advice for the World. Sir Nicholas will always be remembered for the Kindertransport story. Through his courageous work he managed to organize eight transports bringing 669 children from Prague to foster families in Britain in 1939. Many of the people he saved were present with their families at the memorial service. There were many moving speeches and I was particularly pleased that the Home Secretary Theresa May referred to Sir Nicholas and his desire to see more compromise in the world. This is something that he brought up with me when we met at the Swedish residence. “The spirit of compromise is exactly what we need to embrace if we’re ever to secure a peaceful future for the world. But we continue to concentrate on what divides us instead of what unites us.”
There are so many wonderful things to say about Sir Nicholas Winton, but his own words are the best to capture who he was: “Don’t be content in your life to just do no wrong, be prepared every day to try and do some good.”