Nobel For 103-Year-Old?

This post first appeared in The Times of Israel.

headshot-sirnicholaswinton-wikimediaCzech schoolchildren want Sir Nicholas Winton to win a Nobel Prize Peace Prize before it’s too late. The prize can only be awarded to a living person, and Winton is 103.

The students have helped collect 170,000 signatures on behalf of the English centenarian, who saved 669 Jewish children in 1938 and 1939. The students’ efforts have convinced Miroslava Nemcova, the speaker of the Czech Republic’s lower house of parliament, to formally submit his name for the 2013 peace prize.

“We’re not just trying to gain signatures to support Sir Nicholas Winton’s nomination for the Nobel Prize,” said Dominika Kourilova, a Prague high school student who stood next to Nemcova at a press conference announcing the nomination. “We’re also trying to spread his story around the world.”

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© 2013 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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