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Nicky´s Family (DVD)

The Story of the 'British Schindler' Sir Nicholas Winton

Authors: Matej Minac, Joe Schlesinger

Product code: D123

Just before the outbreak of WW2, Sir Nicholas Winton saved 669 Jewish children from the Nazis. Dubbed the 'British Schindler' for his heroism, this tells the story through dramatic re-enactments narrated by those he rescued and Sir Nicholas himself.

“There are some stories which we are not only an audience to, but may become their participants.”

Rare archival footage and interviews with Joe Schlesinger, a CBC reporter and one of the rescued children, documents not only how Winton’s act changed the lives of those he rescued, but also how it continues to influence the lives of thousands of others worldwide.

Winner of the following awards:

  • Best Documentary Montreal World Film Festival
  • Audience Award UK Jewish Film Festival
  • Audience Award Palm Beach Jewish Film Festival
  • Audience Award Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
  • 2011 Best Music Warsaw Jewish Film Festival, Poland

“Enthralling. Evocative. A true story of heroism”
The New York Times

About the Authors

Matej Minac

Born 1 April 1961 and is a Slovak film director. He has directed several films about Nicholas Winton, a Briton who organised the rescue of 669 Jewish children from German-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II in an operation later known as the Czech Kindertransport: the drama 'All My Loved Ones' (1999), the documentary 'The Power of Good: Nicholas Winton' (2002) - which won an Emmy Award and the documentary film 'Nicky's Family'.

Joe Schlesinger

A Canadian television journalist and author, born to a Jewish family in Vienna, Austria, in 1928. Raised in Czechoslovakia, he was sent to England in 1939 by his parents as part of the kindertransport that rescued thousands of Jewish children. His parents were later killed in the Holocaust.

Schlesinger pursued a journalism career after the war, first working in Czechoslovakia but left for Canada in 1950 where he worked for various newspapers and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.