It was long after I arrived on a Kindertransport in London in the summer of 1939 that I first heard of Nicky Winton. For many years I simply knew I had arrived on a Kindertransport – but had no idea who had made it possible for me and hundreds of other mainly Jewish children to escape the Nazis.
Then in 1988 Esther Rantzen featured Nicky on her TV programme That’s Life, and described what he had done. The result was that all of us who came on a Kindertransport from Prague soon began to meet him and we kept in touch regularly.
He was invited everywhere – Prague – Israel – all over Britain. Everyone wanted him to come and speak about what he had achieved. I doubt he enjoyed all the accolades but I hope he felt a quiet pride at having saved so many lives.Over the years I got to know him better and we became friends.
I was a Labour MP and then a peer and he loved talking about politics and the earlier generation of Labour politicians – such as Nye Bevan.