30 January 2011

The 'British Schindler' - A Good News Story

Nicholas and one of the children he saved
In 1938, Nicholas Winton helped 669 Jewish kids escape certain death from the Nazis. He never told anyone that he did this.

While on ski trip in Switzerland, Winton took a detour in Czechoslovakia to help the children of refugees. Nazi Germany had recently annexed a large part of Czechoslovakia and the news of Kristallnacht, a violent attack on Jews in Germany and Austria, had just reached Prague. 

Winton set up a rescue operation for the children, filling out the required paperwork for them to be sent to homes in Sweden and Great Britain. He had to raise money to fund foster homes for all of them, and then he sent 669 children away from Czechoslovakia on trains before the Nazis closed down the borders. 

Winton told no one that he did this, not even his wife. In 1988, his wife found a scrapbook full of pictures of the children and letters from parents in their attic. She arranged to have Winton's story appear in newspapers. 

Many of the children Winton saved went on the BBC television program, That's Life, to meet him for the first time since the war. They refer to themselves as "Winton's children". 

Winton is now 101 years old and has received awards from Israel and the Czech Republic as well as Knighthood from the Queen of England in 1993.

Originally posted by Random Acts of Kindness, Aug 23, 2010

28 January 2011

Prayer Alert: Fast Moving Events In Middle East

This is a timely word for those who have a heart to pray for Israel and the Middle East.

Rick and Patti Ridings are Directors of Succat Hallel, a well known prayer ministry in Israel. They are respected prayer leaders and intercessors and have lived in Jerusalem for many years. We encourage you to share this link with any prayer people you know.

26 January 2011

An Album of Remembrance

January 27th, Holocaust Remembrance Day, is the 66th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp. The 'Auschwitz Album', shown below, is a unique collection of photographs taken inside the camp probably by the SS guards responsible for fingerprinting and taking photo IDs of the prisoners who were not selected for extermination. It documents the arrival of Hungarian Jews in the early summer of 1944. The photos depict

24 January 2011

Holocaust Remembrance Sunday

Sunday 30th January

"As long as the survivors are still with us, the last chapter of the Holocaust has not been written. If we all play our part, the last chapter can end on a redemptive note, on a note of reconciliation, friendship and brotherhood".
Harald Eckert
Chairman of European Coalition for Israel
27th January is the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
It was on this day in 1945 that Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp was liberated. Churches around the world are marking and remembering the Holocaust and it's victims on the following Sunday, 30th January.
Today, many Holocaust survivors are living out their last days in poverty. Many of them

23 January 2011

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