As we all have been reading, the children in Ukraine are being hit hard: orphaned, displaced, terrified.
They are in need of love and comfort, Jay Nordlinger writes in NRO. And in need of parents.
“Nothing changes. Evil is always doing its work. But so is goodness.”
Mr. Nordlinger presents an obit written by Sam Roberts for the NYT:
“Vera Gissing, Who Was Rescued by ‘Britain’s Schindler,’ Dies at 93.”
On July 1, 1939, about three months after Nazi troops goose-stepped into Prague and three days before Vera Diamantova’s 11th birthday, she was bundled onto a train bound for Britain with hundreds of other Jewish children. All but three of the 16 relatives she left behind would perish in the Holocaust.
Vera survived. As Vera Gissing, she became a translator in England and raised a family there. She would often recount the moral courage of the parents who sent her and her older sister to safety, the English couple who offered her sanctuary, and Nicholas Winton, the young London stockbroker who, she learned only belatedly, had anonymously organized convoys, known as Kindertransport, to evacuate vulnerable children, most of them Jewish, by train from what was then Czechoslovakia before Germany invaded Poland on Sept. 1, 1939.
Mr. Nordlinger would have liked to quote more, he writes. “Much more, but I would wind up quoting the whole thing. Make time to read it. It is worth the while, I think you will find.”
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