Sir Nicholas – then a stockbroker – arranged for trains to carry Jewish children out of occupied Prague.
The prime minister described him as a ‘great man’ and the chief rabbi praised his ‘exceptional courage’.
He died on the anniversary of the departure of a train in 1939 carrying the largest number of children – 241.
His son-in-law Stephen Watson said he died peacefully in his sleep at Wexham Hospital, Slough.
Sir Nicholas brought the children to Britain, battling bureaucracy at both ends – saving them from almost certain death – and then kept quiet about his exploits for a half-century.
He organised a total of eight trains from Prague – with some other forms of transport also set up from Vienna.
(ed:..make sure you scroll down (in link) to the reunion-vid from the 80’s..)
By calling a referendum Syriza has gambled that it can strengthen its hand in negotiations with its lenders. But with no extension to its bailout programme – and emergency funds from the European Central Bank (ECB) on a knife-edge – the move has prompted this week’s ‘bank holiday’ and the rationing of cash at ATMs.
With the opposition and business groups warning of economic catastrophe – Syriza – which means ‘coalition of the radical left’ – faces a nailbiting week. What is at stake is whether this party of around 20,000 members can hold the left half of Greek society together long enough to force the lenders to negotiate – or whether it will crash and burn under the pressure of popular anger and disillusion.
If they win – on the other hand – they will be seen as heroes by opponents of austerity across Europe.
But win or lose Syriza in office has been a work in progress, impossible to read for people ignorant of Greece – let alone people who don’t know there are subcategories to moderate Marxism.