“Winton train” sisters: We’re the last authentic witnesses to those events

Photo: Ian Willoughby, Radio Prague International

On Friday evening the Nicholas Winton biopic One Life gets its Czech premiere in Prague, where it is partly set. The film climaxes with Winton’s 1988 appearance on Esther Rantzen’s TV show That’s Life, when the discovery of how the Englishman saved 669 mostly Jewish children from the Holocaust allowed many of those survivors to connect with him for the first time

Among the children on the “kindertransports” to the UK organised by Winton and several others were half-sisters Eva Paddock and Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines, who are today aged 88 and 94. The women, whose maiden name was Fleischmann, came to Prague for the movie’s Czech premiere. Just ahead of the big event, I caught up with them.

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Author: Ian Willoughby