A hero's story

Susan Glaser stands next to a statue of Sir Nicholas Winton at the main train station in Prague in recognition of his efforts to save over 600 Jewish children from the Nazis.

A stockbroker who saved Jewish children from the Nazis at the outbreak of WWII will be the topic of discussion at the quarterly meeting of the Czech Heritage Society of Fort Bend County on Saturday.

The meeting begins at 10 a.m. and Susan Glaser’s thrilling recount of the Nicholas Winton story will begin shortly afterward.

The public is invited to hear the presentation.

Admission is free and takes place at the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy in Richmond.

Winton was a young British stockbroker who went to Prague at the end of December, 1938 and found that, though several organizations were working to help various refugees from the Nazi invasion of the Sudetenland leave Czecholslovakia, no one was specifically working to help get the children out.

From March through August of 1939, Winton helped get 669 mostly Jewish children out of harms way and into foster homes in the UK.

His efforts ended with the invasion by Germany of Poland on Sept. 1, 1939.

“Few people knew the story, as Winton never sought recognition for his efforts,” Glaser said.

“Fifty years later, the world and the children he had saved finally found out who he was and what he had done.”

There are several good films about Winton: The Power of Good, All My Loved Ones, Nicky’s Family. I also recommend “Pearls of Childhood” by Vera Gissing (one of the children saved by Winton) “If It’s Not Impossible — The Life of Sir Nicholas Winton” by Barbara Winton, “Nicholas Winton and the Rescued Generation: Save One Life, Save the World” by Muriel Emanuel & Vera Gissing, and “Active Goodness: The True Story of How Trevor Chadwick, Doreen Warriner & Nicholas Winton Saved Thousands From the Nazis.”

Glaser said she learned about Winton about 15 years ago while attending a Holocaust Seminar in Miami, Fla.

Her husband, Tom Glaser, is a retired social studies teacher who was teaching in Miami-Dade County, Fla., at that time.

“I am not a teacher (I was an accountant), but have always loved history,” Glaser explained.

“I tell Nicky’s story because in the history of the Holocaust it is important to know that some people did the right thing for no other reason but that it needed to be done.”

Glaser has done this presentation at conferences for both the Texas Council for the Social Studies (TCSS) and the National Council for Social Studies (NCSS). I believe it takes around a half hour to present my PowerPoint and take questions.

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