Posted 5 years ago on July 9, 2012, 1:06 p.m. EST by jrhirsch
from Sun City, CA
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In the fall of 1938, a British stock broker, Nicholas Winton, was traveling to Switzerland for a skiing vacation but changed his plans when a friend told him about the refugee problem in Prague. The camps were deplorable. Parents were eager to find any means of escape for their children as the clouds of war drifted closer to Czechoslovakia. He and a small team of volunteers were able to find foster homes for these children in England and Sweden, managing to raise the large sums of money required to pay for fees and transport to their new homes. By the time that war finally broke out in September of 1939, 669 children were able to escape before the jaws of Nazi tyranny closed tight on the Czech people. More children were scheduled to be transported, but were unable and eventually perished as the door to freedom was closed.
We in the Occupy movement have also seen the dark clouds of economic and political injustice blowing in and the oppression that like rain always accompanies them. Looking at these great and menacing clouds, many would think that surely no single person could stand against them and have any effect. But Nicholas Winton did, and prevailed. If he had given up as easily as some of us do, those 669 children would not be alive today. Think of all the great injustices of the past, genocide, slavery, dictatorships, segregation, discrimination. Each was uprooted because of one reason. Without ever considering how large the mountain, or listening to the voices that said it was impossible, one person began to push because injustice must always be moved.
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