A gripping documentary about the courage and determination of a young English stockbroker who saved the lives of 669 children. Between March 13 and August 2, 1939, Nicholas Winton organized...
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A gripping documentary about the courage and determination of a young English stockbroker who saved the lives of 669 children. Between March 13 and August 2, 1939, Nicholas Winton organized 8 transports to take children from Prague to new homes in Great Britain, and kept quiet about it until his wife discovered a scrapbook documenting his unique mission in 1988. Winton was a successful 29-year-old stockbroker in London who "had an intuition" about the fate of the Jews when he visited Prague in 1939. He quietly but decisively got down to the business of saving lives. We learn how only two countries, Sweden and Britain, answered his call to harbor the young refugees; how documents had to be forged and how once foster parents signed for the children on delivery, that was the last he saw of them.Written by
National Center for Jewish Film
Veteran CBC reporter Joe Schlesinger narrates the story of the man who saved his life. In 1938, Sir Nicholas Winton was a free-wheeling 29 year old stockbroker. He visited Czechaslovakia after Germany had annexed the Sudetenland. He found refugees in horrible conditions and plans for German conquest. He organized to get the children out which attracted the attention of a beautiful German spy. He was rejected by every country except his own, Britain. In the process, he lost his job. With guile, persistence, and forged papers, he was able to rescue 669 children. For 50 years, the story had been forgotten until his wife found a curious book in the attic.
The story is amazing. It's a relatively standard news documentary. However if you don't shed at least one tear, you better have your heart checked.
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