Friday, January 11, 2013

Portrait of a Modest Holocaust Hero


 “Nicky’s Family” a Truly Moving Documentary

For something even more uplifting and downright inspirational this week we submit the 2011 Czech documentary “Nicky’s Family.”
Sir Nicholas Winton is living proof the good don’t always die young. Through ingenuity, bravery and persistence as a 29-year-old Winton left his banking job in England to rescue hundreds of Jewish children in imminent peril as the Nazis tightened their grip on Czechoslovakia in early 1938.
“This old man saved my life,’ marveled survivor Joe Schlesinger. “I knew nothing about him or that he even existed. He insisted it was nothing to make a fuss about.”
“Nicky’s Family” amounts to 669 Czech children spirited away under the very noses of the Nazis and relocated with British foster families. Winton had to work fast. He began in March of 1938 and by Sept. 1 World War II had broken out, ending his diplomatic efforts. “Nicky’s Family” blends dramatic recreations with real vintage movies, newsreels and photographs of the inexorable march of Hitler’s armies over Europe, including the horrific blitz that pounded London and its innocent civilians.
Amazingly, Sir Nicholas is still alive at age 103. This film is a series of testimonies from the great (The Dalai Lama) to the merely grateful survivors who owe their lives to his selflessness. If there ever were a ‘righteous gentile” it is Sir Nicholas Winton.

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