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Vera Gissing, saved from Holocaust in celebrated rescue mission, dies at 93

Vera Gissing was one of at least 669 children rescued from the Holocaust by Nicholas Winton in a rescue mission.

Gissing died at the age of 93 on March 12th. According to the Washington Post, Gissing died at a nursing home in Wargrave, in Berkshire England.

She was born on July 4, 1928 in Prague and grew up in Celakovice. Her father was a wine merchant and her mother worked for the family business. They were Jewish, but did not consistently practice the religion.

Gissing and her older sister were put on a train that would take them out of Czechoslovakia just prior to World War II. She was just ten years old. They were rescued by an English stockbroker named Nicholas Winton. Gissing went on to write about her Holocaust story in books and discussed her rescued by Winton in length. She did plenty of interviews as well.

Gissing recalled her childhood in an interview for a Holocaust oral history archive at the University of Michigan at Dearborn. “My sister was very serious and studious, and I was a ragamuffin who always got into scrapes,” she said.

Gissing studied English at a university in Prague and went on to write a whole memoir on her experiences and even appeared in some documentary films about Winton, as she discovered who he was while she was writing her memoir. 

Vera Gissing is survived by her daughter, her son, four grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

ARTICLE: JILLIAN WEIDNER

MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

PHOTO CREDITS: TWITTER

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