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'British Schindler' at conference

Sir Nicholas with one of the children he saved
Sir Winton said later he just did what he could to help

The man often referred to as the "British Schindler" after helping hundreds of Jews escape Nazi Germany is speaking at a conference in Blackpool.

Sir Nicholas Winton, 98, helped 700 Jewish children escape from the Nazis before the war by organising trains from Prague to London.

This weekend he is staying at the home of Lady Milena Grenfell Baines in Preston. She was among those he helped.

Sir Winton will be speaking at the Rotary International conference.

Nicholas Winton, a former Stock Exchange clerk from Maidenhead, Berkshire, was knighted in 2002.

There are believed to be more than 5,000 "Winton children" descended from the 670 children he helped escape Prague for Britain in 1939.

His heroics earned him the nickname "Britain's Schindler" - a reference to German Oskar Schindler, who saved more than 1,000 Jews.

His efforts were unknown even to his wife who only discovered what happened 50 years later when she found an old leather briefcase in the attic containing lists of children and letters from their parents.

Sir Nicholas said at the time: "I'm surprised to have been recognised for something I did 65 years ago.

"To be honest, I'm finding it all a little difficult and am somewhat embarrassed by all the fuss."


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