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Nicky's Family (2011)

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This docudrama tells the story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. Winton, now 102 years ... See full summary »

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Ben Abeles ... Himself (as Dr. Ben Abeles)
Denisa Augustinova ... Herself
Martin Bandzak ... Himself
Tom Berman ... Himself (as Prof. Tom Berman)
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... Himself (as His Holiness The Dalai Lama)
Harry Daniels ... Himself
Lisa Dash-Midwinter ... Herself
Alfred Dubs ... Himself (as Lord Alfred Dubs)
Ruth Federmann ... Herself
Anna Feige-Menin ... Herself
John Fieldsend ... Himself (as Rev. John Fieldsend)
Yarden Frank ... Herself
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Vera Gissing ... Herself
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This docudrama tells the story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. Winton, now 102 years old, did not speak about these events with anyone for more than half a century. His exploits would have probably been forgotten if his wife, fifty years later, hadn't found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and transport plans. Today the story of this rescue is known all over the world. Dozens of Winton's "children" have been found and to this day his family has grown to almost 6,000 people, many of whom have gone on to achieve great things themselves. Written by Matej Minac

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Song for Nicholas Winton
performed by Bambini di Praga
musical director Blanka Kulinska
performed by Youth Symphonic Orchestra of Nove Mesto and Metuji
conducted by Jaroslav Rybacek
performed by Lanskroun Big Band
conducted by Josef Pilney
performed by The Palecek Choir
performed by The Choir of Comenius Primary School
performed by Bratislav Boys' Choir
musical director Magdalena Rovnakova
performed by Godstowe Preparatory School Choir and Orchestra
musical directors Stuart Bonner & Elizabeth Burton-Phillips
performed by Moravian College Choir
musical director Paula Ring Zerkle
performed by Children from House of Hope (Cambodia)
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A British equivalent of Schinder's List
2 April 2014 | by See all my reviews

This was a truly wonderful documentary.

It is related in a narrative style, where we go back and forth between modern times and 1939 to tell the amazing story of what one man did to save a large group of children from the Nazis.

That man is Nicholas George Winton. During the 1930's, he was a successful stockbroker living in London. He certainly looked like one, all dressed up and wearing his big glasses! In the winter of 1938, he was planning a skiing trip in Switzerland. His plans were changed by a last-minute phone call from a friend in Prague, Czechoslovakia. There was a serious problem there, since Nazi Germany had recently annexed part of the country (Sudetenland), and it looked like they were going after more.

Nicholas met with terrified and hungry refugees that had been displaced by the Nazis. They were desperate to leave. As we all know from the tragic history, no nations were willing to take them in. Even the United States kept its doors firmly shut.

What could anyone do to help these refugees? Nicholas found a way to save at least some of the children, by getting them adopted. This took an enormous amount of effort filling out lengthy paperwork, and of course money - 50 pounds per child. He founded an organization that placed these Czech children into British homes. It was heart-breaking for the Czech families to say goodbye to their children at the train station, but as the political situation steadily got worse, they knew it was the right thing.

In 1939, over 660 children were officially adopted into new homes. The flow of children stopped abruptly on September 1st, 1939, which is when the war officially started.

During the war, Nicholas enlisted in the Royal Air Force and flew missions into Europe. Afterwards, he returned to his business, got married, and started a family.

It was nearly 50 years later that his wife discovered a dusty suitcase in the attic of their house, showing all the documents and photos of the children. Nicholas, as humble as anyone could be, had never mentioned it to her. His wife thought it would be great to reach out and see how the children (now well into middle age) had fared, and she reached out to them.

We learn that many of them grew up to become successful citizens. Some remained in Britain, and others emigrated. They had never known who had been responsible for getting them out of Czechoslovakia, and were quite eager to meet and thank Nicholas Winton for his great deed.

In one excerpt from a live television show, we see people introduce themselves to Nicholas, now well into his 80's. He is moved to tears, and humble as always, says very little to them.

Not surprisingly, we learn the fate of the Czech parents who had to give their children away: they were sent to the death camps. The children that Nicholas was unable to save also perished there.

All of this shows what one man was able to do. People were so inspired by him that some organizations are now trying to do the same. As Nicholas Winton celebrated his 100th birthday, he then met with some different organizations that want to help people all over the world.


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