Two events, a memorial service and a concert, will take place next week to celebrate the life and accomplishments of Sir Nicholas Winton, who died last year aged 106.
The memorial service will take place on Thursday 19 May at London’s Guildhall in memory of the man known for masterminding the Kindertransport from Czechoslovakia in 1939 in which 669 mostly Jewish children were rescued by train across what was soon to be occupied Europe.
The memorial service provides an opportunity for the many hundreds of people around the world who owe their lives to Sir Nicholas and the many more who have been inspired by him to celebrate his achievements and pay their respects to a British citizen who helped to make the world a better place.
The Jewish News reports that among the 400 people attending the service will be representatives from the Czech, Slovak and UK governments, from the German and Swedish Embassies in addition to 28 of the ‘children’ he saved including: Lord Alfred Dubs; Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines and Rev John Fieldsend.
Other ‘children’ have travelled from around the world together with their families and the descendants of ‘children’ who are now deceased making up a group of around 130.
There will also be a concert in honour of Sir Nicholas Winton that is open to the public and will take place on Friday 20th May at St John’s Smith Square in London.