When was the last time that you met a hero? When was the last time that you behaved heroically? Have you ever behaved differently than the norm because you thought it was the right way to go? Do you know any teachers who have taught their students how to be heroes?
Let me introduce you to a hero. His name is Nicholas Winton.
In 1939, 29 year old English stockbroker Nicholas Winton realized that the NAZIs would kill all of the Jewish children in Prague if they had the opportunity. Winton arranged for immigration papers and foster homes in England for more than 600 children. Though he saved these children’s lives, Winton never discussed his work after the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia. He didn’t even tell his wife, who he married later in life, about it. His deed was nearly forgotten. In 1988, Winton’s wife was searching through some old boxes in their attic and she found a scrapbook that some of her husband’s assistants had given him after the Nazi invasion. She began to spread the word.
Among several books and movies that were developed about Mr. Winton, one movie is entitled “The Power of Good.” The lesson of the film is simple: a little humanity can go a long way. Winton saved a little more than 600 children. But today, more than 2000 people, including the children of “Winton’s Children,” owe their lives to him. It’s a lesson that all American children should learn. Uncommon behavior can make the world a better place.
Mr. Winton truly made a difference.
Another Heroic Couple
Let me introduce you to another two people that have strived to create a difference in their lifetimes:
In 2001, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Gelman of Ann Arbor, MI were set to participate in a tour of Czechoslovakia. But