A man celebrated as “Britain’s Schindler” for saving hundreds of children from the Holocaust will be immortalised on a Royal Mail stamp after a petition attracted more than 105,000 supporters.
Campaigners had called for Sir Nicholas Winton, who arranged for eight trains to carry 669 mainly Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to London in 1939, to be honoured with a commemorative postage stamp.
A change.org petition, launched by Jewish News’ editor Richard Ferrer and news editor Justin Cohen, argued the stamp would be a “fitting tribute” to Sir Nicholas, who died last month aged 106. It received over 105,800 signatures, including Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Conservative ex-minister Eric Pickles and Birmingham Edgbaston Labour MP Gisela Stuart.
A spokeswoman for Royal Mail said it was “pretty clear” that Sir Nicholas was a “worthy candidate” to be featured in a commemorative stamp set.
She said: “One of the purposes of Royal Mail stamps is to honour those who have made important contributions to the UK, and every year we consider hundreds of subjects for inclusion. It is clear that Sir Nicholas Winton is a worthy candidate.
“Now we have consulted with his family, we are delighted to confirm our intention to feature Sir Nicholas on a stamp as part of a commemorative set, subject to the appropriate approvals, in 2016. The details will be confirmed in due course.”
Sir Nicholas, from a German-Jewish family, told no one about his pre-war efforts for half a century, even to his wife.
He was reunited with some of the children on Esther Rantzen’s That’s Life TV programme in 1988, after his wife Grete found an old briefcase in the attic with lists of children and letters from their parents.