US National Archives Finds Historic Winton Letter to FDR

This piece first appeared in The Times of Israel.

A young Nicholas Winton with a rescued child. (photo credit: Courtesy of Menemsha Films)

A young Nicholas Winton with a rescued child. (photo credit: Courtesy of Menemsha Films)

A letter written by Sir Nicholas Winton in May 1939 asking President Franklin Roosevelt to allow Czech refugee children in to the United States has been found in the Department of State records at the National Archives.

In a “60 Minutes” broadcast on CBS in April, journalist Bob Simon interviewed Winton, who turned 105 years old on May 19, about his role in saving 669 children (most of them Jewish) from the Nazis. During the interview, Winton mentioned the letter and expressed his disappointment that his plea was ignored.

“But the Americans wouldn’t take any, which is a pity. We could’ve got a lot more out,” he told Simon.

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© 2014 Renee Ghert-Zand. All rights reserved.

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