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An extraordinary story of Holocaust defiance

May 22nd, 2014
06:39 AM ET

In the late 1930's, Adolf Hitler's storm troopers marched into Czechoslovakia and the Jewish population found itself on the Nazi hit-list.

That is, until a young British stockbroker named Nicholas Winton went to Prague and saw for himself the plight of the children.

For nearly 50 years, Winton hardly spoke of what he'd done – saving 669 children, most of them Jewish, from certain death.

He has since reunited with some of those children, now all grown up, and many with children of their own.

Winton has just turned 105.

Click above to watch.

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  1. Richard

    An extremely righteous gentile. A true hero!!!

    May 22, 2014 at 9:21 pm | Reply
  2. David

    first

    May 23, 2014 at 11:39 am | Reply
    • David

      Okay... Well, Second!

      May 23, 2014 at 11:40 am | Reply
  3. James kapalala

    Thanks CNN for giving us our right of information! !!!

    May 28, 2014 at 10:53 am | Reply
  4. mark snethen

    Good person....
    Another German, that his life set an example for all of us, is that of Richard Rudolf. "Every Day Hero"
    just died @ 102, lived thru 4 German concentration death camps and lived to tell abut it.

    June 19, 2014 at 10:53 am | Reply
    • David

      He survived 4 times, how could it be death camps?

      June 19, 2014 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  5. Daff

    A great man. Not a great article. I clicked on it expecting to hear exactly what went on in greater detail. A bit disappointing.

    June 19, 2014 at 12:42 pm | Reply
  6. Marge Levy

    If it takes yet another generation....justice must be served and anyone involved with the inhumane treatment of his fellow man must be punished. Personally, if this animal were dying of some horific illness, I would still want to see him tried and go straight to "Hell"

    June 19, 2014 at 2:14 pm | Reply
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    Root issues must be addressed in country's of origin. Like the German economic genocide, same occuring now in America.

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