nicky's family poster
Poster for the film “Nicky’s Family”

September 16 | 7 p.m.
Chapman Auditorium | Memorial Hall

For more than fifty years, the story of rescuer Nicholas Winton remained untold. Only the serendipitous discovery of a suitcase filled with documents brought Winton’s story, and the stories of those he saved, to light.

In 1938, Nicky, then 29 years old, responded to a friend’s request to join him in Prague where he was aiding German Jews who had fled the Sudetenland in the wake of German annexation. There Winton discovered hundreds of desperate parents seeking a safe haven for their children. With no plan but with extraordinary inventiveness, Winton set about doing the impossible, obtaining visas and transport to Britain and finding foster parents for the children. He ultimately saved 669 children whose descendants now number more than 6,000.

In May 2014, Sir Nicholas Winton celebrated his 105th birthday surrounded by many of those, now in their 80s, whose lives he had saved as children. A humble hero, he has been honored around the world.

Introduction to Film
Dr. Marilyn Harran, Stern Chair in Holocaust Education and Director, Rodgers Center for Holocaust Education, Chapman University

Comments following the Film by
Dave Lux, one of the 669 children rescued by Sir Nicholas Winton