I will never forget the moment I saw my first documentary which introduced me to Oskar Schindler and his amazing story which was immortalized in the film by Steven Spielberg in his 1993 historical drama titled “Schindler’s List”. I’m sure it’s a story and a film that most are familiar with by now.
But last night I was unexpectedly introduced to yet another man whom I was not in the least familiar with whose courage and humanity seemed to humble my sheer existence. That would be the story of an English gentleman named Nicholas Winton who by all accounts had saved the lives of some 669 children, mostly Jews, from almost certain death in the early beginnings of World War II in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.
His story was televised last night on CBS on a segment of “60 Minutes”. I found his story mesmerizing and very touching. So much so that I could not in good consciences not share what I had seen. If you did by chance see this program then I assume you may share similar sentiments as my own, but if not I strongly recommend that you take the 15 minutes or so required to watch the video to which I have posted below.
You can no longer view archived videos on the CBS 60-Minutes website without being a paying subscribing member so I have had to remove the links to the two previous videos I had on this post. I did find one of the videos on YouTube, the better of the two although lacking in quality, but it is the same report as broadcast on 60 Minutes.
Certainly there are some of you who may already be aware of this man’s story but for me, I was not unfortunately. In these days and times it’s always uplifting to get a little re-enforcement in the humanity of mankind.