Looking for “Winton Kinder”

March 22nd, 2009 by Jerry Kott

We recently informed about an event presented by the Consulate General of Czech Republic in Toronto named “How We Escaped Hitler”. The evening is dedicated to commemorate an historic rescue effort to save Jewish children of Czechoslovakia. The programme was initiated by Nicholas Winton, from London, UK. The children then became known as the “Winton Kinder” (Winton’s children).

This may be  a little last-minute notice, but the Consulate and some of the co-organizers are looking for Winton Kinder survivors that they may not be aware of. This came via Facebook from one of my friends there:

Hello my friends of Czech (or nearby) background;

This past Friday, I was contacted by the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Toronto. They are currently organizing an event called “How We Escaped Hitler”, which is dedicated to two historical events that took place in Czechoslovakia in 1939 – the 70th anniversary of the Nazi Invasion of Czechoslovakia on March 15th, and, the 1st rescue train transport of Jewish children from Prague to London, UK organized by Nicholas Winton (my father was one of those Czech children who was so fortunate to be saved).

This event is to take place less than a month from now, on Thursday, March 26. They have asked me to help them to find any Czech-Canadian “Winton Kinder” survivors that may not be on the “lists”, so that they can invite them to this very important event. So if you happen to know any of these people – or the child of a Winton Kinder (like me), please get in touch with me here and I will make sure that their contact info is forwarded to the Consulate (with these folks’ blessings only, of course.

Chances are, some of our readers may know one of them. The Czech Consulate in Toronto will be able to provide more information.



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