Nicholas Winton – Schindler of Britain

In 1939 the English stockbroker Nicholas Winton rescued 669 Czech children from their doomed fate in the Nazi death camps, but his achievement went unrecognised for over half a century. For fifty years most of the children did not know to whom they owed their lives. The story of Nicholas Winton only emerged when his wife Greta came across an old leather briefcase in an attic and found lists of the children and letters from their parents. He hadn’t even told her of his role during the war.

Nicholas Winton, then a 30-year-old clerk at the London stock exchange, visited Prague, Czechoslovakia, in late 1938 at the invitation of a friend at the British Embassy. When he arrived, the British team working in newly erected refugee camps asked him to lend a hand.

He spent only a couple of months in Prague but was alarmed by the influx of refugees, endangered by the imminent Nazi invasion. He immediately recognized the advancing danger and courageously decided to make every effort to get the children outside the reach of Nazi power.

‘The commission was dealing with the elderly and vulnerable and people in the camps kept telling me that nobody was doing anything for the children,’ Nicholas Winton later recalled.

He set up office at a dining room table in his hotel in Wenceslas Square in Prague. Word got out of the‘Englishman of Wenceslas Square‘ and parents flocked to the hotel to try to persuade him to put their children on the list, desperate to get them out before the Nazis invaded. ‘It seemed hopeless,’ he said years later, ‘each group felt that they were the most urgent.’  But Winton managed to set up the organisation for the Czech Kindertransport in Prague in early 1939 before he went back to London to handle all the necessary matters from Britain.

Children on the train

Back in London, Winton immediately began organizing transports to get the children out of the country, cooperating with the British Committee for Refugees from Czechoslovakia and the Czechoslovak travel agency Cedok. Working day and night he persuaded the Home Office to let the children in. For each child, he had to find a foster parent and a 50 pound guarantee, in those days a small fortune. He also had to raise money to help pay for the transports when contributions by the children’s parents couldn’t cover the costs.

In nine months of campaigning as the war crept closer, Nicholas Winton managed to arrange for 669 children to get out on eight trains, Prague to London (a small group of 15 were flown out via Sweden). The ninth train – the biggest transport – was to leave Prague on 3 September, 1939, the day Britain entered the war – but the train never left the station. ‘Within hours of the announcement, the train disappeared,’Winton later recalled. ‘None of the 250 children on board was seen again. We had 250 families waiting at Liverpool Street that day in vain. If the train had been a day earlier, it would have come through. Not a single one of those children was heard of again, which is an awful feeling.’

None of the children set to flee that day survived the following years. Later, more than 15,000 Czech children were also killed.

 

Nicholas Winton never forgot the sight when the exhausted children from Czechoslovakia piled out of the trains at London’s Liverpool Street station. All wore name tags around their necks. One by one, English foster parents collected the refugee children and took them home, keeping them safe from the war and the genocide that was about to consume their families back home.

Winton, who gave these children the gift of life, watched from a distance ..

Nicholas Winton, one of the unsung heroes of World War Two, known as the Schindler of Britain, is revered as the father who saved scores of his ‘children’ from Nazi death camps.

Vera Gissing, one of the children saved by Winton, has written his biography and scripted the film, Power of Humanity. She says: ‘He rescued the greater part of the Jewish children of my generation in Czechoslovakia. Very few of us met our parents again: they perished in concentration camps. Had we not been spirited away, we would have been murdered alongside them.’

In september, 2001, Nicholas Winton was the guest of honour at the film premiere of his story in Prague. Winton was invited to the launch by Czech president Vaclav Havel and around 250 of the 664 people he saved were also present at the event. The biography Nicholas Winton and the Rescued Generation by Muriel Emmanuel and Vera Gissing (Vallentine Mithchell Press) was published in November, 2001.

Winton insists he wasn’t anything special, adding, ‘I just saw what was going on and did what I could to help.’

But survivor Vera Gissing said: ‘I owe him my life and those of my children and grandchildren. I was lucky to get out when I did and having the chance to thank Nicky was the most precious moment in my life.’

The survivors, though many are now grandparents, still call themselves ‘Winton’s children.’ Among the children saved were Dagmar Simova, cousin of the Czech-born U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines, whose father, Rudolf Fleischmann saved Thomas Mann by assisting him to gain Czech citizenship for his self-imposed exile from Germany after the rise of Hitler. Joe Schlesinger, the CBC correspondent. Julius Sidon from California, the brother to Chief Rabbi Karol E. Sidon of the Czech Republic. Lord Dubs, a Member of Parliament. Hugo Merom, the ex-Israel air force pilot and consultant who specialises in airport planning.

And acclaimed film director Karel Reisz. 45 years later Reisz actually met Nicholas Winton at the first reunion. ‘I had never heard of him. I thought the Red Cross had organised it,’ he said. ‘I took my children and grandchildren – I think it brought it alive to them to learn where their grandfather came from. It was very emotional ..’

Nicholas Winton resides in Maidenhead, Great Britain. He was honored with the title of Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 1983 for his charitable work with the elderly, mainly the establishment of the Abbeyfield Houses.

In Czechoslovakia, he was awarded the Freedom of the City of Prague, and on October 28, 1998, Vaclav Havel, President of the Czech Republic, awarded him the Order of T. G. Marsaryk in a grand ceremony in Hradcany Castle.

Tuesday, 31 December, 2002, Nicholas Winton was rewarded in the Queen’s 2003 New Year’s Honours List and received a knighthood.

On October 9, 2007, Sir Nicholas Winton was awarded the Czech Republic’s highest military decoration, The Cross Of The 1st Class, and at the ceremony the Czech Foreign Minister Karel Schwarzenberg supported the initiative of students and schoolchildren who have collected more than 32,000 signatures under a petition for Nicholas Winton being awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for the salvation of the children from Czechoslovakia.

 – Louis Bülow

Article originally posted at http://www.auschwitz.dk/Winton.htm

How to make abortion palatable – a letter from Wormwood

John Knight of Desiring God writes a story, using C S Lewis’s fictional characters Wormwood and Grubnat from his book titled ‘The Screwtape Letters”. The Screwtape Letters is a satirical Christian apologetic novel written in epistolary style by C. S. Lewis, first published in book form in February 1942. The story takes the form of a series of letters from a senior Demon Screwtape to his nephew Wormwood, a Junior Tempter. The uncle’s mentorship pertains to the nephew’s responsibility for securing the damnation of a British man known only as „the Patient”.

The Subtle Art of Destroying Humans

by John Knight (DesiringGod.org)

My dearest Grubnat,

I am glad to see you are finally learning to be subtler in manipulating your human. As I had warned you, I was concerned that your boisterous assault on the unborn vermin with the rare chromosomal makeup (the “disabled,” as the other vermin call them) was going to expose all our plans to destroy them.

So I congratulate you on the recent article in The New York Times, “Breakthroughs in Prenatal Screening.” I can see your skills developing. We must continue on this path as it does two important things for us: 1) it further blinds the humans to our real schemes; and 2) it rids us of having to deal with those foul, weak, “special” children that the Enemy calls “indispensable.” We mustn’t lose our grip here.

Because of this article, and unlike my last letters to you, I actually have a few things to commend — things to see you repeat.

No Names, No Shame

Now, I wouldn’t have opened the article exactly the way you did (more on that in my comments about how you can improve), but I must admit I appreciate how you dehumanized the mother and the child in your opening paragraphs.

Refusing to mention the name of the child was excellent! Names are bad for our cause. It makes the humans actually begin to imagine them as “children” rather than the “mere tissue” we want them to think those little humans are. Let them only think the child is “Down syndrome,” and never Michael or Elizabeth.

Silence of the Moms

Also, good job on not quoting the mother at all about how she feels today about her child. Those puny humans, left with all their preconceived notions and prejudices, already do well at creating frightening alternative realities for that mother. They talk about how sad she was, how horrible her life was, how much better it would have been if that child had never been born. In fact, I am a little jealous at how quickly they’ve been trained to distort reality.

The humans who have been through the distortion tutelage usually aren’t even afraid of the right things! When a parent talks about both the hardship and the “blessing” of raising that child (yes, the Enemy often makes good come to the family through this vermin), a little whiff of reality sets in. And when that happens it becomes harder for us to kill the next one. So keep bleaching from their minds the idea of these babies being real persons.

The Responsibility of Fatality

Another thing: the clean, clinical description of the prenatal tests nicely ignored any discussion about how much the culture loathes these disabled children. How laughable for them to think that “tests” are neutral in a world like theirs!

The doctors and so-called ethicists are the best among them for our cause. Keep working on the medical professionals to believe that termination is a responsible choice, especially when you know the mother doesn’t have anyone around her to support the birth of her child.

A Well-Informed Genocide

And another thing: The following sentence was perhaps your best: “When prenatal testing reveals that a fetus has a serious birth defect, some women may consider ending their pregnancies.” Hilarious! Yes, yes, yes! Let the mothers think they are just making an “informed, personal choice” rather than realize that they’re part ofour culturally orchestrated attack on children who have the extra chromosome. The Holocaust was fun, but this is even more satisfying. They actually think their individual choices don’t accumulate into genocide.

Now enough with the commendations! Here are a few things you neglected.

No Baby Pictures

Why in the world did you allow them to have drawings of babies in the graphic above the article? Yes, some humans are so calloused that they don’t care whether it is a baby or not. But most don’t like to think too much about it. Don’t give them any evidence that the little creatures they are destroying are actually human just like them. Don’t make this mistake again. Test tubes or computer code or something like that are far better. Keep it clean and scientific.

Bury Abortion

As much as I appreciated your opening the article with the story about the friend with the disabled child, you overdid it. The headline was about prenatal screening and you immediately made the story about abortion. The humans are stupid but even they can see an agenda this obvious. Next time bury the abortion bit later in the story so that the test results always end with a “compassionate” termination.

Avoid Real Sufferers

Never suggest that they talk to parents who are raising children with disabilities. For some unknown reason to me, when they talk to people who have experienced real suffering rather than imagined suffering, they get encouraged and emboldened. You know how our Enemy works in suffering.

Killing Can Be a Good Thing

In the future, only present all the hardship and expense and loneliness and how awful their lives will be, always couching it in terms of how horrible their baby’s life will be. They feel better, and their hearts get just a little harder, when they rationalize that killing their baby was a good thing. That’s the reason that if we can convince a woman to have an abortion she will likely have more.

Make these corrections and I’m sure your next piece will be even better. And I knowThe New York Times will be happy to print it.

Content with your work, for now,

Wormwood

Ravi Zacharias at Princeton University April 4,2013: Why I am not an atheist + Princeton University Open Forum Q&A

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Ravi Zacharias and Vince Vitale spoke an overflow crowd at Princeton University titled, „Why I’m Not An Atheist.” Video from Ravi Zacharias International Ministries

Questions and Answer Session at Princeton

Questions:

  1. 00:00 Have you had doubts and how have you been able to get through that?
  2. 08:15 Theism vs. Deism, can you also talk about a personal God? (questioner cites Bishop John Shelby Spong‘s rejection of theism)Ravi: The difference between atheism and this new spirituality is the process, but they end up with the conclusion being the same. In atheism there is no God, and in the new spirituality there is no God.
  3. 13:10 Belief vs. Doubt. During your entire talk, you gave reasons for belief which were instrumental, for example: This is the good that would happen if you believe. But you didn’t argue that it is truth, nor did you address the strongest argument that there is no god- the existence of evil.Ravi: If evil is real, and not just a construct in our mind, and something to be shunned,and is morally deviant, then there is no way to sustain that without a moral being who is the Creator of this universe.
  4. 26:10 A question on the problem of evil from the Christian world view. It seems like Alvin Plantinga has given a good response on the problem of moral evil, but is there a good response when it comes to natural evil, apart from the free will decisions that moral creatures make?
  5. 31:40 You say that heartless egregious acts, like the Holocaust, are brought about by people without a moral reference point in God.But, how do you explain all the death and destruction that has been done in God’s name, such as the Crusades, the Inquisition, suicide bombings and christianizing the ‘savage’?
  6. 40:55 If the essence of God is to create, and to realize the infinite potential for Creation, as that is His identity. And yet, as He created the world, He desired His children to continue His work, would not the act of Creation be an act of vanity?
  7. 48:55 When you say that atheists have no basis for morals, it seems that you’re ignoring most of the existence of mankind. And we can look at the world and see that peace leads to prosperity in nations, and trust and safety in communities allow art, science, and technology to prosper. You attack atheists like Hitler, and the rich, but it seems a bit of a stretch to say that all atheists search for happiness in murder, power, and cutthroat business. It looks like you’re attacking the weak nihilist, who looks at the universe and sees that there is no ultimate moral authority, and leaves it at that. But, you’re ignoring the strong nihilists, who look at the universe and see no moral authority and say, „This is an opportunity for us to use our reason, to use our experience to create morals, to create the society that can best further us, that can create the happiest society. So 2 questions: (1) Is it fair to ignore these strong nihilists? (2)Isn’t it more noble to use our own reason and experiences to form morals, than put blind faith in an old outdated text?

Related posts from the last 12 months

  1. Ravi Zacharias – How do you know that Christianity is the one true worldview?
  2. Ravi Zacharias VIDEO from UCLA January 2013 – Is Tolerance Intolerant? Pursuing the Climate of Acceptance and Inclusion
  3. Ravi Zacharias on the Dichotomy of Good and Evil
  4. Ravi Zacharias – How Do We Challenge This Generation?
  5. Ravi Zacharias and Friends
  6. Ravi Zacharias – Absolute truth in relative terms
  7. Ravi Zacharias – The discipline of a Godly man
  8. Ravi Zacharias – What does it mean to be human
  9. Ravi Zacharias – A Lesson in History: A tale of two men
  10. Ravi Zacharias – Is America abandoning God?
  11. Ravi Zacharias – “If the foundations be destroyed…” at Trinity International University Feb. 9, 2012
  12. Ravi Zacharias Lecture in Leuven 31 January, 2012
  13. Ravi Zacharias on Moody Radio October 12,2012
  14. Dr.R.C.Sproul,Dr. Albert Mohler and Ravi Zacharias – Is Evolution Compatible with Christianity?
  15. Ligonier interviews Ravi Zacharias

Who decides who gets to live or die? Hitler? ProAbortionists?

What is Conscience? that faculty of the mind, or inborn sense of right and wrong, by which we judge of the moral character of human conduct. It is common to all men. Like all our other faculties, it has been perverted by the Fall (John 16:2; Acts 26:9; Rom. 2:15). It is spoken of as „defiled” (Titus 1:15), and „seared” (1 Tim. 4:2). A „conscience void of offence” is to be sought and cultivated (Acts 24:16; Rom. 9:1; 2 Cor. 1:12; 1 Tim. 1:5, 19; 1 Pet. 3:21)

If you haven’t yet seen Ray Comfort’s „180 movie”, you really should. He starts by asking young people what they would do in different scenarios if they were played out under Hitler’s regime. Then, he takes the same logic these young people used in giving their answers to his challenging questions and applies it to abortion. This video is enlightening in 2 ways: 1) It is surprising how many people do not even know who Hitler was, therefore how can they know about the atrocities he committed? And even if you knew about those atrocities of the holocaust, I challenge you to look at the footage displayed in this video at a couple of places and see what it does to your revulsion at such horrific violence as was perpetrated during the Holocaust. 2) It is even more surprising how young people’s minds are so brainwashed with the way they perceive abortion that a couple of them are shocked at their own conclusions towards the end of the video.

Below this video is another video, it’s actually from 2010, however it illustrates a point. A clergy person is not allowed to pray outside an abortion clinic and is subsequently arrested, while inside a doctor takes human lives and has the backing of the police department outside to keep them as far away as possible in order to not sway any young woman in any way possible from committing this act.

Pastor arrested outside Washington D.C. Planned Parenthood

John Piper endorses the 180 movie to his church

John Piper endorses the 180movie.com at a morning service.  Race and abortion are closely related as the movie  shows. There are some shocking responses in this video! You can read about John Piper’s treatment of „racial reconciliation” in his new book titled „Bloodlines” here or view the second video in this post.

Award-Winning Documentary – „Shocking!” – Click CC above for translations. Uploaded by on Sep 21, 2011

An exclusive video documentary featuring Pastor John Piper as he walks through his personal story of growing up with segregation in the South. His personal story boldly champions the transforming power of the gospel and the beauty of racial diversity and harmony in Christ.

Learn more about the book… http://www.crossway.org/​books/​bloodlines-hccase/ Uploaded by on Sep 30, 2011

Perry Stone The Jerusalem Prophecies

An excerpt from a profile and interview done with Perry Stone by Charisma magazine:

Perry Stone is a study in contrasts. He has limited formal education for someone sought after as a Bible expert, yet he’s written over 40 books. A Southerner, he’s popular in the Northeast. He bases his ministry in a small Tennessee town, yet he impacts the world through television. He is a fourth-generation Pentecostal preacher whose largest group of followers are Baptists-and Roman Catholics are in the top four.

Best known as a teacher of end-times Bible prophecy, his biggest pleasure is pouring over the Scripture-he claims to have put in 60,000 hours of study. Stone also defies nearly every stereotype leveled at Pentecostals. Affiliated with the Church of God ( Cleveland, Tennessee) he can preach like a Pentecostal but usually teaches in a more academic style. He’s on thousands of TV stations, yet he never asks for money.

As one of America’s foremost experts on biblical prophecy, Stone often is invited as the keynote speaker at internationally attended prophecy conferences. But don’t expect him to agree with those who dub his prophetic teaching „end time theology”.

„I just call it New Testament Theology,” he says,”It’s basically three main points.

  • No. 1: There comes a time of end; not the end of time, but a time of the end. Our basic theology is to understand there is a time of the end and an end generation.
  • No. 2: There are specific signs [in the Bible] indicating when that generation is to come.
  • No. 3: is to preach those signs to encourage people to come to know Christ.

„Those are the three simple ways that I look at what I do”. To read the entire Charisma magazine interview online – click here.

Perry Stone website –Voice of Evangelism

Charisma Magazine (online edition) site

The following is a  2 1/2 hour seminar held in Jacksonville,Florida with historical and prophetic implications for the nation of Israel from the beginning to the end generation. Perry weaves historical events with and through the prophetic writings of the Old and New Testaments, as well as the Dead Sea Scrolls and rabbinical prophetic writings. The series is available on Perry Stone’s Voice of Evangelism website here. Or click on photo and it will take you to the videos:

Click for videos from Perry Stone on his website http://media.voe.org/2213993

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