The aim of the event, organized by municipality of Račiněves, Nadace Partnerství and Rotary Club Prague International, is to commemorate and honor the memory of Sir Nicholas Winton and the children he saved in 1939 from being transported to concentration camps.
Sir Nicholas Winton Alley in memory of Nicky and his 669 children
A new alley with 91 deciduous trees will be planted on October 28 in Račiněves in memory of Sir Nicholas Winton and the children he saved in 1939 from being transported to concentration camps by arranging for them to travel to the United Kingdom by train.
When our country was plagued by the Nazi regime, Mr. Winton was looking for foster families in the United Kingdom and organized transports for Czech and Slovak children. He never talked about his rescue mission, everything came to light only in 1988, when his wife accidentally found a suitcase with photos of rescued children and transport plans.
Planting will take place along the 550-meter footpath which is situated within sight of legendary Říp Hill, which is one of the nation’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 as well, enabling water retention, attracting birdlife and preventing soil from erosion.
One tree (Morus nigra Winton), grown from mulberry grafts, which Sir Winton donated to the Botanic Garden in Prague-Troja in 2014, will be symbolically planted at the beginning of the alley. The planting will be attended by Sir Nicholas Winton's son Nick together with other members of his family. Some surviving children and their relatives might also take part.
The patron of the alley is the world-famous Czech-American artist and writer Petr Sís, who last year published a book, Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued. The full-color cartoon edition tells the story of the savior of hundreds of Czechs and is intended for children and parents.
The event is organized by the municipality of Račiněves in cooperation with Nadace Partnertsví and Rotary Club Prague International.
In recognition of the vital role that trains played in rescuing so many children, the state railway operator in the Czech Republic, České dráhy, provides 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.
The event is held under the auspices of the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic.
8:46 train departure from Prague
9:43 train arrival to Roudnice nad Labem
10:00, 10:30 departure of buses from Roudnice railway station to Račiněves
10:00 – 11:00 registration, allocation of trees to planters
11:00 – 11:20 opening ceremony at the the beginning of the alley
11:20 – 11:40 instruction on proper planting
11:40 – 14:00 alley planting
14:00 closing ceremony at the the beginning of the alley
15:00, 15:30 departure of buses from Račiněves to Roudnice railway station
16:14 train departure from Roudnice nad Labem to Prague
Refugees: the 21st century in debate with Nick Winton
Kde: Ústřední knihovna - VELKÝ SÁL
Kdy: October 27, 2022, from 3 p.m
More about the debate.
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Join us as a volunteer and honor the memory of Sir Nicholas Winton with us! You can see how such planting looks in the video from last year's planting of the Alley of Freedom in Příbram.
Donate any amount to the organization of planting or buy one tree for 5,000 CZK (200 EUR).
Our arid landscape needs trees. They retain water, swallow dust and noise, provide shade and shelter for animals. Thanks to your donation of 5,000 CZK, we will plant one tree to support healthy landscape!