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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 90 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.
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 together with other members of his family and some surviving children and their relatives who will 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.
Alley marked on the map.
A detailed program will be published.
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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 a symbolic 5,000 CZK (200 EUR) to a new tree or contribute any amount to the organization of planting.
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!