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wrote him in early 2006, expressing gratitude for his “courage and compassion.” e documentary, “e Power of Good,” is slowly spreading the Win- ton story around the world, as are an earlier, superb dramatization called “All My Loved Ones” and, of course, Vera’s book.
In a world wracked by violence and cruelty, Nicky
Winton’s selfless actions nearly seven decades ago should give us all hope. Edmund Burke once said, “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” It’s more than a little com- fort to know that in our midst are men and women like Nicky Winton whose essential decency can, and did, triumph over evil. •
ree weeks after meeting Nicky in England, we learned another remarkable fact about him that never came
up during our visit. On his 94th birthday in May 2003, he became the oldest man to fly in an ultralight aircraft (known in the U.K. as a “microlight”). He did it to raise money for one of his favorite charities, Abbeyfield Houses for the aged. His pilot in the two-seater was Judy Leden, a world champion microlight flyer and daughter of one of the children Nicky saved in 1939. Nicky repeated this amazing feat on his 98th birthday in 2007.
In our view, Vera Gissing is a hero too. She has worked tirelessly to spread the good word about what Nicky Winton did so many years ago.
Lawrence W. Reed is president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, a research and educational institute headquartered in Mid- land, Mich. Benjamin D. Stafford is an economics major at Hillsdale College and a summer 2006 intern with the Center. Permission to reprint in whole or in part is hereby granted, provided that the authors and the Center are properly cited.
Copies of “e Power of Good” documentary are available from the Mackinac Center for $15 postpaid. Both the book, “Nicholas Winton and the Rescued Generation,” and the film, All My Loved Ones,” are available now from Amazon.com. era Gissing has published her personal reminiscences in her book “Pearls of Childhood.”
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