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28
Oct
2022
Prague International
Račiněves
Račiněves,
Czech Republic
One hundred oak trees will be planted along newly restored trail on Friday 28th October 2022 in the village of Račiněves in memory of Sir Nicholas Winton and the 669 Jewish children from
occupied Czechoslovakia he saved in 1939 from being transported to concentration camps by arranging for them to travel to the United Kingdom by train.
 
Organised by the municipality of Račiněves in cooperation with the leading conservation foundation, Nadace Partnerství and Rotary Club Prague International, the planting will be attended by Sir Nicholas's son, Nick Winton together with other members of his family and some surviving children and their relatives.
 
Planting will take place along the 550-meter footpath which is situated within sight of legendary Říp Hill, which is one of the Czech Republic’s most important national monuments. The locals plan to build a relaxation zone there for resting in nature. The pathway will provide valuable environmental benefits for the landscape, enabling water retention, attracting birdlife and preventing soil erosion. 
 
Dignitaries and supporters from around the world are also expected to attend including leaders of Czech Jewry and members of the diplomatic community. Renowned Czech-American writer and artist and Petr Sís, who last year published the book, Nicky & Vera Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued, and award-winning Slovak film director Matej Mináč, who made a series of films about Sir Nicholas, including The Power of Good will also participate in the planting event.
 
A proud Rotarian, Sir Nicholas, who died in 2015 at the age of 106 was the first recipient of the Rotary International Humanitarian Award. There are more than 5,000 descendants of those he rescued and arranged to travel from Czechoslovakia for Britain in 1939.
 
In recognition of the vital role that trains played in rescuing so many children, state railway operator, České dráhy, will provide a special train from Prague to nearby Roudnice, and road transport to the site itself. The village of Račiněves in Central Bohemia is located 50 kilometres north-west of Prague.
 
On behalf of the municipality of Račiněves, Nadace Partnerstvi and Rotary Club Prague International, very much hope you can join us on this historic occasion.