Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton passed away last week at the age of 106.
The Atlanta Jewish Film Festival’s 2012 Audience Award winner for Best Documentary, Nicky’s Family, told the incredible story of the Englishman’s rescue of 669 children during the Holocaust. More incredible still was Winton’s humility, as he never spoke of his heroism for over half-a-century. Only his wife’s discovery of a forgotten suitcase in their attic brought his efforts to light.
To honor the legacy of this inspiring humanitarian who saved hundreds of children from the Nazis, AJFF hosted a special memorial screening of the award-winning documentary Nicky’s Family on Sunday, July 12 at 1:30 PM at Lefont Sandy Springs.
More About Nicky’s Family
The 2012 AJFF Audience Award winner for Best Documentary, Nicky’s Family tells the incredible story of Sir Nicholas Winton, often dubbed the “British Schindler,” who organized the rescue of 669 children during the Holocaust.
Just before the outbreak of WWII, Sir Nicholas Winton masterminded a series of rail-sea transports to save mostly Jewish refugees from imminent deportation. Nicky's Family combines newsreels and archival photos with dramatic reenactments to recount these noble acts that remained a secret for decades. A deeply moving tribute to the innate goodness of mankind in the face of its worst instincts, Nicky's Family has earned rave reviews from audiences and critics around the world.
More About Sir Nicholas Winton
Nicholas Winton was a London stockbroker just before the outbreak of WWII. Born of German-Jewish parents who’d converted to Christianity, his life was a comfortable one. Along with two siblings, he grew up in a 20-room mansion in West Hampstead, London.
His heroic deeds came about after he cancelled a Swiss vacation to instead fly to Prague, where a friend was working with refugees. What Winton saw, hopeless conditions in camps teeming with the victims of Kristallnacht, prompted him to take action.
Not only did he never speak of his work in saving the children for some 50 years, he never fully explained why he did it in the first place. His matter-of-fact response in a 2001 interview with the New York Times was: “One saw the problem there, that a lot of these children were in danger, and you had to get them to what was called a safe haven, and there was no organization to do that. Why did I do it? Why do people do different things?”
You can read more about Sir Nicholas Winton’s life and legacy in this New York Times obituary.