Win­ton’s son re­flects on legacy of Kin­der­trans­port ar­rivals

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JOHN FISHER

SIR NI­CHOLAS Win­ton’s son, Nick, told the 300 guests at an HMD cer­e­mony at Leeds Town Hall on Sun­day that his late father was “a good ex­am­ple of the flow of life.

“We all swim in the same ocean,” he said. “The rip­ples of what each one of us does spreads out wider and fur­ther across our fam­ily, friends and com­mu­ni­ties. We all have a choice in life and it’s in our hands how big a splash we can all make.”

In­clud­ing chil­dren and grand­chil­dren of those on the Kin­der­trans­port, the legacy of Sir Ni­cholas is 5,000 lives and his son drew a par­al­lel with the cur­rent refugee sit­u­a­tion.

He told his au­di­ence that in 1938, his father con­tacted the Home Of­fice to find out un­der what con­di­tions refugee chil­dren would be per­mit­ted to en­ter the UK.

The re­sponse was that “it was pos­si­ble, un­der cer­tain cir­cum­stances, to bring in un­ac­com­pa­nied chil­dren pro­vid­ing that each child should have a fam­ily will­ing to pro­vide a home for them, with a guar­an­tee of £50 en­abling their repa­tri­a­tion af­ter the ‘emer­gency’ was over”.

On the HMD theme of Don’t Stand By, he said ac­tion could “some­times be as sim­ple as giv­ing a word of en­cour­age­ment to those in dif­fi­culty. Some­times more is needed.”

PHOTO: JOHN FISHER

Nick Win­ton at the Leeds event

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