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Winton's children: Lisa Dasch


Lisa Midwinter: 'I owe everything to him'

Lisa Dasch was the daughter of a prosperous Jewish doctor who quickly realised that the 1938 Munich Agreement - in which Britain and France agreed to German occupation of the Sudetenland - placed his family in danger.

The Dasches lived in one of the Sudetenland's largest towns, Teplice.

Lisa was with her mother on a skiing holiday when her father sent a telegram telling them not to come home, but to travel directly to Prague.

However, in March 1939 the German army arrived in Prague too.

Lisa, now a grandmother with the married name Midwinter, remembers seeing the jackboots of the soldiers marching through the city.

Her family decided that she should leave as soon as possible, and put her on one of the trains to London, organised by Nicholas Winton and his helpers.

She remembers the handkerchiefs waving and the tears of adults on the station platform in Prague - and arriving at Liverpool Street station, feeling completely alone.

At first she lived with a dentist's family in Manchester, then with a family friend in Stoke-on-Trent.

But in time, both her parents arrived in Stoke-on-Trent, where they set up an orphanage for Czech children.

She is travelling on the commemorative Winton train from Prague to London with her grand-daughter, Georgia, to ensure that the story gets passed down through the generations of her family.

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