Piers Morgan claims moving Holocaust clip is ‘greatest moment in TV history’

Piers Morgan has labelled the moment a hero who saved 669 Jewish children from the Nazis is reunited with a handful of people who owe him their life as the "great moment in TV history".

For 50 years, Sir Nicholas Winton didn't tell a soul how he organised trains to ferry terrified youngsters from Czechoslovakia to Britain and settled them with foster families as the Second World War loomed.

Sir Nicholas, Nicky to his family, did not even tell his own wife Grete until she discovered an old briefcase in the attic containing lists of children, photos and letters from their parents.

It was only when his family took the documents to Esther Rantzen and That's Life in 1988 that the remarkable story of Nicky's Children could be told.

Sir Nicholas was persuaded to go to a recording of the show – only to find himself in the audience with many of the children whose lives he had saved.

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Piers shared a clip from the emotional moment on Twitter to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, with the caption: "This, for me, is the greatest moment in television history. Can never watch it enough."

The clip shows Esther looking the list of names that Nicholas saved, focusing on one in particular – Vera Diamant.

She says: "We did find her name on his list. Vera Gissing is with us here tonight. I should tell you that you are actually sitting next to Nicholas Winton."

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The camera then cuts to Nicholas and Vera turning to each and saying hello. He looks stunning and can be seen wiping away a tear after they share a hug.

Esther then asks: "Is there anyone in our audience tonight who owes their life to Nicolas Winton? If so, could you stand up please."

In a touching moment, everyone around Nicholas slowly stands up as he looks around him in amazement.

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The famous clip has been reshared on Holocaust Memorial Day.

Labour Peer Lord Alf Dubs was another of the people saved by Nicholas's heroic actions.

The ex Labour MP was just six when his mother put him on one of Nicholas's trains. Luckily his parents survived but other family members died in Auschwitz.

He's convinced that, just as German businessman Schindler did for 1,200 Jews, Sir Nicholas saved him saved from the Holocaust.

Speaking when Nicholas died in 2015, he said: "His legacy is that when there is a need for you to do something for your fellow human beings, you have got to do it.

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"He showed that with enough determination and will it can be done. I think he saw the situation in Prague and felt he had to do something."

Sir Nicholas was a 29-year-old stockbroker when he arrived in Prague just after Christmas in1938.

He had planned to ski but was persuaded to join a humanitarian mission helping Jewish refugees cross the border from Nazi Germany.

He met parents desperate for their kids to be taken abroad to safety and began compiling a list of names.

He said later: "I'd always been drawn to lost causes but believed that there must be a way to solve the problem."

Sir Nicholas worked tirelessly to arrange trains to London for hundreds of evacuees, even faking paperwork to get them passports in time.

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The first train left Prague on March 14, the day before German troops marched into Czechoslovakia. He returned to Britain to mastermind the rescue mission and find British families willing to put up the then huge sum of £50 (£2,500 in today's money) and agree to look after the youngsters until they were 17.

Name tags around their necks, the bewildered children arrived at Liverpool Street Station where Sir Nicholas and his mother greeted them.

One was Ruth Halova, 91, called him "an exceptional human being. We loved him from the first moment. Who wouldn't?"

In total, eight trains reached London. The ninth did not. It had been set to leave on September 1, carrying 250 children, the largest number yet, but Germany invaded Poland and all borders were closed. It is thought nearly all the children due to leave that day ended up in Auschwitz with 1.1 million other Czech Jews.

Sir Nicholas said it was his greatest regret.

"If it had gone a day earlier they would have been saved. It was an awful feeling."

But hundreds did survive – and today some 6,000 people are descendants of Nicky's Children. After the war he worked for the UN's International Refugee Organisation, supervising the disposal of items looted by Nazis.

Among the jewellery, furs, china and artworks were horrific reminders of the fate that had befallen so many Jews: crates of false teeth and gold fillings removed from corpses in the gas chambers. His job involved sorting which items could be sold, with the money going to help war victims, and those deemed worthless.

The latter were disposed of at sea, in a ceremony Sir Nicholas oversaw. He was keenly aware that each "worthless" item was a part of someone's history.

In 2003, the Queen knighted him for services to humanity and he won a Lifetime Achievement honour at the Daily Mirror's Pride of Britain Awards.

Mjh Modest as ever he said: "I just worked to do what I had to do."

Statues of him now stand at Maidenhead, Liverpool Street and Prague rail station.

In 2014 he returned to Prague to be admitted to the Czech Order Of Tt Tch The White Lion, the country's greatest honour.

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