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Extraordinary and Inspiring Story of Leadership: Very Touching Video

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Touching and Inspiring Story of Leadership

Once in a while I have the blessing of coming across something that really touches me deeply. The video I am sharing is one of those blessings. It is an absolutely inspiring story  of leadership.

Nicholas Winton (a British humanitarian) organized the rescue and passage of 669 children from Czechoslovakia to Britain. Most were Jewish
Czechoslovakian children destined for the Nazi death camps before World War II.

Winton kept fairly quiet around his great humanitarian efforts until 1988 when his wife Grete discovered a detailed scrapbook in the attic. The scrapbook contained a list of the children he saved, their parents names and addresses of the families that took them in.

The world found out about Winton’s great work in 1988 during a BBC television program titled “That’s Life!” The clip below is from that show. He gets a tearful surprise as everyone in the audience, over two dozen, are one of those children he saved.

I was very touched by this great leader and his selfless example. Great leaders care. They care so much that they act in extraordinary ways in blessing the lives of those they lead.

Sir Nicholas Winton (knighted in 2002) is an inspiring example of leadership. His story leaves me immensely grateful for good men and women all over the world that care enough to act. Thank you Sir Nicholas Winton.

Question: What inspires you about this story?

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  • Renata Laxova, nee Polgar July 19, 2012, 9:17 pm

    Thank you. I am now 81 yrs old and am one of “Nicky’s” children. I was 8 yrs old when sent to England in one of his transports and 15 when I came back to my own country after WW II.
    In 2009 when Nicky was 100 yrs old, the 70th anniversary of his transports was celebrated by another train-journey, when newly constructed steam locomotives took some of the “children” again from Prague to London’s Liverpool Street Station, following the same route, through Germany, Hoek van Holland, to Port Harwich and London. It was very moving and festive. Renata Laxova, nee Polgar from Brno, Czechoslovakia, now in Madison, Wisconsin USA>

  • Mike Rogers July 21, 2012, 9:26 am

    Hi Renata, thank you so much. It is an honor to hear from one of his children personally.
    I would be curious in having you share more about what this man means to you. Were you on the show in the video?
    I would also be curious as to how you found the blog posting?
    Thank you so much for taking the time to respond.

  • August 1, 2012, 2:06 pm

    What a great, great man. What an inspiration. You are proof that humans are indeed capable of leading, loving and changing lives. Thank you Sir Nicholas Winton. –

  • Mike Rogers August 2, 2012, 5:37 pm

    Thanks Secret Staff. Absolutely agree with you on that!

  • Corina Stricescu August 3, 2013, 8:06 am

    This is absolutely fantastic! What an inspiration, I all fuzzy inside by only watching this video, knowing that there are people in this world capable of such selfless acts, brilliant! Thank you, Sir, for such a wonderful thing you have done!

    • Michael Rogers August 4, 2013, 5:40 pm

      you are welcome Corina. I am glad you enjoyed it, and thank you for taking the time to comment.


  • Melissa September 17, 2013, 6:46 am

    Wow….and ‘wow’ doesn’t really even do it justice. What a wonderful tribute to a man who, from all appearances, seems to be a very humble man. I wish we could see more stories about this kind of person – one who helps others selflessly, without any fanfare, than about people like Kim & Kanye, Miley and crazy shooters….the world would be a better place if we heard more about the good guys!

    • Mike Rogers September 23, 2013, 5:06 pm

      Thanks for commenting Melissa. So true! I wish we would hear more of these types of stories as well. Such an inspiration isn’t it?


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