Winton Train arrived to London
08.09.2009 / 15:22
Historical train carrying children who escaped the Holocaust has been met in the UK by the man who arranged their rescue from Prague, then Czechoslovakia, in 1939.
Twenty-two of the original evacuated children took part in the anniversary journey. It marked the 70th anniversary of trains organised by a young Brit Nicholas Winton that carried 669 mostly Jewish children from Prague to the UK.
The "Winton children", accompanied by their own family members, were welcomed by Sir Nicholas on platform no. 10. In a speech to several hundred people gathered at the station, Sir Nicholas said: "It's wonderful to see you all after 70 years. Don't leave it quite so long until we meet here again."
At the ceremonial arrival the Czech Republic was represented by the chairman of the Lower House of the Parliament Mr Miloslav Vlcek and minister for the EU affairs (and former Czech ambassador to the UK) Mr Stefan Fule. The official British representative, Parliamentary Under Secretary for Transport Mr Chris Mole joined the passengers in Norwich.
The Winton Train travelled the same route from Prague, via Nuremburg, Cologne, Hoek van Holland, Norwich to Liverpool Street Station, London.
More information at: www.wintontrain.eu
BBC Winton Train documentary at: