A commemorative stamp by Czech post paying tribute to Sir Nicholas George Winton

August 27th, 2015

FindYourStampsValue.com hurries to inform that Czech Post is ready to issue a special commemorative stamp to honor Sir Nicholas George Winton who is known for organizing the rescue of 669 Czech children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia during the 9 months before war broke out. The stamp contains a portrait of Sir Nicholas with children in the background.

The issue has been already designed and is to be put into circulation on the 2d of September.

Sir Nicholas George Winton (19 May 1909 in London – 1 July 2015 in Slough) was a British stockbroker and humanitarian worker who saved 669 children, most of them Jewish, from the occupied Czechoslovak territory from transportation into concentration camps by arranging for their departure by train to the United Kingdom.

Nicholas Winton was born into the family of German-Jewish bank manager Wertheim. The family moved into England in 1907 and changed its name to Winton. The parents converted to Christianity, and Nicholas was baptized. He entered the primary school in Hampstead (today a part of London), studied at the boarding school in Stowe, and before qualifying he volunteered at the Midland Bank.

He then went to his relatives in Germany, where he worked at banks in Hamburg, Berlin, and eventually he moved to France and worked for the Banque Nationale de Crédit in Paris. In the early 1930s, he returned to England where he also worked for several banks without a permanent job due to the economic crisis. During a winter holiday in 1938 he started to organize the rescue of Jewish children from Czechoslovakia by arranging for their safe passage to England.

His organization continued to work until the outbreak of the war. During the war, he served in the RAF as an administrative worker because of his weaker eyesight, although he qualified as a pilot before the war. He was released from the RAF in 1945, retaining the rank of flight lieutenant. After the war, he worked for banks in England.