Bro. Ken and Sis. Dorothy Langston (North Houston Ecclesia, Texas, U.S.A.) kindly sent the following fascinating information, which is another insight into the history of the Christadelphian efforts to help Jewish children during the Holocaust:
"Of interest to this section, I quote from an article entitled, "Winton's Wartime Gesture", from The Jerusalem Report, August 31, 1998, pages 34 and 35:At London's Liverpool Street station in 1939, over 100 youngsters from Geman-occupied Czechoslovakia piled out of a train. All wore name tags around their necks. One by one, English foster parents collected the refugee children and took them home, keeping them safe from the war and the genocide that was about to consume their families back home.
A 30-year old Englishman watched from a distance. Nicholas Winton, who gave these children the gift of life, finds it difficult to recall how he felt 60 years ago. 'I only saw them for a few minutes when the foster parents took them on. It was nice to see children, that I had rescued from a difficult situation,' he told The Jerusalem Report, understatedly.
....In England, Winton's job was to convince the British Home Office to let the children in. They would be allowed, but on one condition: Foster parents had to be found first, and they were expected to put down a guarantee of 50 pounds for repatriation costs - worth over 1,000 pounds today and a huge sum at the time. He also had to raise money to help pay for the transports when contributions by the children's parents couldn't cover the costs. Winton turned to refugee and charitable organizations.
In finding homes for the children, it was Christian groups that were most willing and able to help.
For example, Hanus Snabl, 11 at the time, was sent to a boy's hostel in Rugby. 'It was run by a man called Mr. Overton, who saved almost 200 other Jewish children,' Snabl recalls. Overton, a member of a small Christian sect, the Christadelphians, believed that Jews were God's chosen people."
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