“There is nothing that can’t be done if it is fundamentally reasonable.”
At the beginning of last year Sir Nicholas Winton was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.Supported by the initiative of Open Gate boardingschool in cooperation with the project „Lottery of Life“organized by Zdeněk Tulis and MatejMináč, more than 220.000 people from all over the world signed the petition to encourage his nomination. Unfortunately, Winton was not awarded with this prestigious prize. It has been few weeks since the awards ceremony, some of us are still recovering from the disappointment that spread not only within the group organizing the whole initiative, but also across the majority of those who know at least some part of Sir Nicholas Winton’s actions.
For this year’s Nobel Peace Prize, there were more than 259 nominees from which 50 were organizations. Eventually, the prize was presented to Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW). We are certainly disappointed by the outcome, although we do not hesitate. Despite the nonfulfillment of our anticipation, we have decided to continue in the initiative.
We think that the nomination itself could be considered a success and that such a strong story as Winton’s should be known all over the world and should be properly appreciated. We should be grateful for people who are willing to risk their own lives to save those who truly need it.
Nicholas Winton, whose actions saved more than 669 Czechoslovakian children of mainly Jewish origin, is a man who truly deserves the Nobel Peace Prize. We think that the story of this brave man should not be forgotten and, on the contrary, should be spread further so that everyone can know this strongly emotional story. The era of the 2nd World War is a dark chapter of our history; even stronger are therefore actions of Nicholas Winton, who was willing to sacrifice everything for achieving higher good. Even that is why we have decided to continue in petitioning the Nobel Peace Prize committee and henceforward cooperate with even bigger group of newly joined institutions and individuals.
We are living in the age of conflicts, whether political or military, the initiative supporting Nicholas Winton helps to connect people. There are thousands of people from dozens of states who participated in the petition action. We want to persist in nominating this man – his story can inspire, unite and help to let the light of goodness into today’s world, where it is so desperately needed. In the end, as Josef Čapek once said:
“The peace between the nations is based on the peace within the people themselves.”