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WWII survivors meet

September 05, 2009|From Times Wire Reports

Holocaust survivors were reunited at a London railway station with the man who saved them on the eve of World War II, a now 100-year-old former stockbroker who rescued hundreds of Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia.

"For me he is like a father," said Joseph Ginat, who was 10 when he traveled to England in August 1939 as part of the "kindertransports" organized by Nicholas Winton.

"He gave us life," said Ginat, 80, whose brother and two sisters were also among the 669 children carried to safety. Their mother died in the Auschwitz concentration camp.

To celebrate the 70th anniversary, a vintage train carrying two dozen survivors and their families pulled into Liverpool Street Station after a three-day journey by rail and ferry from Prague.

There, they were greeted by Winton. Frail and in a wheelchair, he stood briefly with the help of a cane and shook hands with the former evacuees.

Beaming, he said, "Don't leave it quite so long until we meet here again."

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