The holocaust is arguably the most infamous genocide in all of human history. In his radical attempt to exterminate all Jews and create a “master race,” Adolf Hitler’s Nazi Germany was responsible for killing more than six million Jews, and an estimated total of 11 million people over the course of 12 years.
Hitler’s reign coincided with WWII, which ultimately led to the story of a British hero, Sir Nicholas Winton.
During WWII, Winton took it upon himself to save Jewish children from Nazi-occupied countries.
He secretly arranged the safe passage of 669 children to his homeland of England. When they arrived, on eight different trains, Winton ensured that each child was taken in by various British families.
His entire operation took careful planning, as he knew he’d be killed if he was ever caught. Winton kept it so much of a secret that his wife, Grete, didn’t even know about his heroic acts until 50 years later!