Story of Sir Nicholas Winton

Amal Chatterjee
7 min readMar 8, 2019

Source : Google photo of Sir Nicholas Winton

Synopsis : The good deeds of some people as shown in the two videos below speak volumes on their own so there is no need for any synopsis. They are the good Samaritans we all admire and want to emulate.

Source :U tube video of Sir Nicholas Winton who saved 669 children from the Nazis

Source : U tube video of Sir Nicholas Winton today in the BBC program

Today I just watched a video of a good Samaritan in England who has rescued over 669 children from death in Czechoslovakia in the hands of the Nazis during the last World War and brought them all to England and gave them a new life. He also asked the United States to take some of the children but they refused. He was so modest that he did this noble deed quietly but lately his wife found a diary in which he had noted in details all the names of children he had brought over to England and gave this diary to the BBC that ran a special program on it. The saved children are now grown up and came to the BBC program and gave the old man grateful hugs and kisses that brought the audience to their feet that applauded the angel.

We all have seen the movie The Schindler’s list where a German had secretly helped save many Jews from death so while the Jews were persecuted by the Nazis and sent to the death camps in Auschwitz and other such camps, we hear of Schindler and the British man who helped save so many people. There may have been other silent good Samaritans who out of sheer modesty had done the good deed that very few people know about.

In India we have a saying that says : “when you do a good deed with your right hand, do not let the left hand know about it “ It means you must not tell anyone what good things you do in life because it robs you of the glory the Good Lord bestows on you.
We live in the world of evil where the mankind suffers from the persecution by those who resort to violence to push their agenda because they are evil and want to destroy the humanity that only wants to live in peace.

These evil doers never stop to create problems for others and often bring two nations to war or the prospect of war just like what has just happened in Kashmir and the swift Indian retaliation on Pakistan. We see this sort of provocation from the Pakistan terrorists based there again and again even if they are punished each time because the hate mongers are active who do not want peace and prosperity for all.

They gained nothing except war and more bloodshed in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan after they attacked the World Trade Center in New York so many years ago. Yet they persist in making more mayhem elsewhere almost daily because of their mistaken ideology that propels them to commit the act of terror everywhere. The whole world is rising against them and may one day want them to face justice.

That is why it is all the more important to focus on good people who are saving lives and helping others. There are numerous NGOs that help the refugees, find new homes for them, save the women from trafficking and prostitution rings, help reconnect separated families due to war, find shelter and food for them and offer free medical help to those who need in war zones. They are the good Samaritans who constantly aid those who need and often face dangers themselves while doing so.

Many doctors ( Medecins sans frontiere or MSF) and nurses were killed in bombing when they were tending to the injured and sick people in Iraq, Afghanistan or Somalia but these brave people continue in their mission to help others disregarding their own safety. Many doctors and nurses died helping the Ebola patients in Africa but it does not deter other brave hearts to step forward knowing that they too may die.

But we find corruption in people we tend to trust like the priests who rape nuns and sexually abuse children (a recent case in South India) , people who send rescued girls from poverty to prostitution, who steal money from donations meant to help resettle refugees, who sell orphans to make money , who collect money for themselves pretending that it is for a good cause. The list of evil doers is very long indeed so there is the uphill struggle to stop them in every country where they are active doing bad things.

The big drug companies intentionally keep their drugs at a very high price to make huge profit so poor people suffer who can’t afford them but good people fight them by producing cheaper generic drugs.

The plastic makers keep on making plastic products that pollute the environment and kill the wildlife all in the name of making profit but people all over the world are fighting them by going plastic less and are recycling the waste plastic into useful things. Volunteers in India pick up waste plastic for recycling and tell people not to use plastic. They are the good Samaritans who are trying to save the environment and the wildlife.

There are NGOS that rescue the captive bears and other animals and bring them to shelters where they are given medical help and food. They are the good Samaritans.

But to fight the evil in this world is an uphill task because the evils doers have the money and resources to continue their activities. The drug mafia collects billions of dollars and kills people by spreading deadly drugs everywhere but some have been caught and are on trial while others step into their shoes because of money.

People still talk about the 6 million Jews killed in concentration camps in Europe by the Nazis and have built memorial museum in Israel for them but no one talks about several millions Roma people ( Gypsies), homosexuals and other minorities killed by the Nazis and there are no memorials for them. Why no one came forward to rescue their children and bring them to safe havens? Were they less deserving than the white children who were saved by the good Samaritans? Why no one talks about them and exposes the brutality they were subjected to?

The tyrants of this world who brought great sufferings to people by massacres and tortures are celebrated by erecting their huge statues in Samarkand and Ulan Baatar while Idi Amins of the present era have never faced the justice because they were protected by other evil people.

Is there a single memorial to honor the millions of Native Americans who only wanted to live in freedom and preserve their way of living but were massacred by the whites? Why such crimes perpetrated by the white settlers are not mentioned in the text books given to children in America?

There are many things wrong in this world that need redressing but who fights the evil except a few good Samaritans who are weak and powerless but with good hearts to do what is right?

What we need today is the collective will of people who are courageous and are willing to take the risk of standing up to the evil in this world and fight them but they need the help and support of their elected governments.

In some countries there are no elections or fraudulent ones that put bad people in power who then abuse it to gain profit so such people personify evil. In other countries good people , minorities and people of different faith are persecuted by those who are evil and do it for political reasons to stay in power. But a day of reckoning is coming for the evil doers in this world because the weak and powerless have the power of good heart in them who will overcome all the evils of this world even if they sacrifice themselves in large numbers.

We should be thankful to all the good Samaritans who have the courage and the will to face such challenges and who motivate others to do what is right, not just some of the time but all the time, not just for some people but for all who suffer.

Good Samaritan law

Good Samaritan laws offer legal protection to people who give reasonable assistance to those who are, or who they believe to be, injured, ill, in peril, or otherwise incapacitated. The protection is intended to reduce bystanders’ hesitation to assist, for fear of being sued or prosecuted for unintentional injury or wrongful death.

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