Child of ‘Britain’s Schindler’ appeals for help for refugees

LONDON (AP) — The daughter of a stockbroker nicknamed ‘Britain’s Schindler’ for saving Jewish children from the Nazis appealed Saturday for the child refugees of today to be treated with similar compassion.

Barbara Winton’s late father, Nicholas, rescued more than 650 Czechoslovakian children, most of them Jewish, by putting them on trains to the U.K. and helping them escape Nazi-occupied Europe on the eve of World War II.

In a letter posted on the website of the grassroots aid group Help Refugees, Winton drew a parallel between those children and a new generation fleeing war and poverty in Africa and the Middle East.

“Even at a time when city evacuations were being planned for British children, homes were found for these vulnerable young refugees,” she said of the Czech children resettled during the late 1930s. “Now, 77 years later, vulnerable young refugees again seek the kindness and welcome that British people previously offered.”

Britain is under pressure to accept young refugees from the Middle East and Africa after the closure of a large migrant camp in the French city of Calais, known as “the jungle.” But there has been resistance to the idea, particularly after the vote to leave the European Union, which was fueled by public unease with growing immigration.

“Those who have travelled across Europe to Calais, to escape the life-threatening dangers of their home country, are hoping desperately to find the sanctuary their parents dared to believe Britain would once again offer,” Winton wrote.