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Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton dies aged 106

Sir Nicholas Winton from Maidenhead has died aged 106.

The Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead has paid tribute to the man who has been described as the 'British Schindler'.

"This is extremely sad news. Sir Nicholas was not just a hero in Maidenhead but around the world. In 1999 he was awarded Honorary Freedom of the Royal Borough for his work with local charities and organisations for over fifty years; since 2010 a statue of him has been at Maidenhead Railway station. “I had the pleasure of meeting him several times and saw how generously he gave his time and expertise to local groups. I wish his family and friends my sincere condolences at this difficult time.”

– Cllr Eileen Quick, Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead

Sir Nicholas Winton dies aged 106

Sir Nicholas Winton who organised the rescue of Jewish children from the Holocaust in 1939, has died aged 106, his family said. Credit: PA Wire

Sir Nicholas Winton earned himself the label "Britain's Schindler" for saving the lives of 669 children by sending them from Prague to London by train.

His son-in-law Stephen Watson said Sir Nicholas from Maidenhead in Berkshire died peacefully in his sleep at Wexham Hospital in Slough



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