Sir Nicholas Winton, a British man who helped save hundreds of Jewish children from the Holocaust during World War II, has passed away at the age of 106.
He died peacefully in his sleep Wednesday at Wexham Hospital in Maidenhead, England, his son-in-law Stephen Watson told the BBC.
Winton, nicknamed the "British Schindler," remained quiet for nearly half a century about his acts of heroism, including his role in organizing trains to rescue 669 children bound for Nazi concentration camps. He organized for eight trains to leave Prague—including one that left July 1, 1939. Winton's passing Wednesday occurred on the 76th anniversary of this train's departure; it was this particular train, the BBC reports, that was carrying the largest number of children—241—saved in a singular instance.