Inspiration From a WWII Hero

There are many people I look up to, both from the past and the present, who give me inspiration in this fight to end abortion. But one person who stands out to me is Nicholas Winton. Have you ever heard of him? Probably not, because he was just a humble, unremarkable stockbroker.

When he was 29, living in Great Britain just before World War II, he started a secret operation to transport Jewish children out of German-occupied Czechoslovakia and match them with foster families in Britain. Nicholas arranged for seven successful transports of 664 children total.

But the day that the last and largest transport left with 250 children aboard the train, Hitler invaded Poland and all borders controlled by Germany were closed. None of those 250 children were ever seen again.

Nicholas was so ashamed that his last transport failed that he never told anyone about his operation. Even his own wife knew nothing of it until 50 years later when she discovered a scrapbook in the attic. In 1988, the BBC program That’s Life coordinated a surprise reunion between Nicholas and many of the children he saved (watch the touching video here).

One of the hardest things about this job is not knowing whether the pregnant mother we talk to will decide to let her baby live. But in Heaven, when I meet all the babies who were aborted because I couldn’t save them, I want to be able to say, “I did everything I could to save you.”

– Lisbeth