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Sir Nicholas Winton

More than 65,000 people have backed a Jewish News campaign calling for the Royal Mail to honour Sir Nicholas Winton with a special stamp.

Sign the campaign at: http://chn.ge/1Kg4T1j

The man dubbed Britain’s Schindler, who passed away on 1 July aged 106, arranged for trains to carry 669 unaccompanied children from Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia to safety in the UK before the outbreak of war. He also organised foster families for some of the youngsters.

A petition launched by this newspaper just over a week ago urged the rare honour “as part of efforts to ensure his memory and the lessons of his actions live on”.

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, who joined Sir Eric Pickles and other high-profile figures in signing, said: “We frequently quote that famous truism “…all that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing,” yet we are rarely blessed to come across an individual who so emphatically triumphed over evil with such dignity and character.”

The campaign is backed by the Holocaust Educational Trust, the Association of Jewish Refugees as well as by Sir Mick Davis, who chaired David Cameron’s Holocaust Commission. Jewish News’ Justin Cohen said: “Few are so deserving of this honour as Sir Nicholas.”

Sign the campaign at: http://chn.ge/1Kg4T1j