Update on "Saving the Children"

This past week, 105-year-old Sir Nicholas Winton received the Czech Republic's highest award - the Order of the White Lion

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Now an update on a story we first reported in April that we called, "Saving the Children." Bob Simon told how a British stock broker, Nicholas Winton, rescued more than 600 Czech children on the eve of World War II. It was a tale that Nick Winton kept to himself for decades, and involved more than a little creativity on his part to get the children to Britain.

British authorities were slow in issuing travel documents. So Winton started having them forged. He also spread some money around.

Nicholas Winton: Took a bit of blackmail on my part.

Bob Simon: You were indulging in blackmail and forgery to get the children out?

Nicholas Winton: I've never heard it put like that before.

Bob Simon: But you seem to be enjoying it.

Nicholas Winton: It worked. That's the main thing.

This past week, 105-year-old Sir Nicholas Winton returned to what is now the Czech Republic, to receive that nation's highest award - the Order of the White Lion.

  • Scott Pelley
    Scott Pelley

    Correspondent, "60 Minutes"