‘Fundamentally Reasonable’ Heroism

Remembering Nicholas Winton,‘The British Schindler,’ who saved 669 children from the Holocaust.

07/06/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In a hotel room in Midtown Manhattan 13 years ago, I learned a lesson about the simplicity of heroism.

Sir Nicholas Winton is greeted by one of the 669 now-grown children he had rescued from Nazi-annexed Prague. Getty Images

Poems, by Hannah Senesh

This week I wrote a review of the Hannah Senesh exhibit at the Museum of Jewish Heritage.  A  wealthy Jewish girl from Hungary, Senesh immigrated to Palestine in 1939, when she was 17.  After a few years there, however, she felt isolated from world events: put simply, the war in Europe.  So when the British organized a Jewish brigade in Palestine to help them rescue Allied forces caught behind enemy lines, she signed on.  

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