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‘Nicky’ compelling tale of the ‘British Schindler’

Sir Nicholas Winton (seated at right) in a reunion with some of those he rescued from the Nazis in Czechoslovakia when they were children.
Sir Nicholas Winton (seated at right) in a reunion with some of those he rescued from the Nazis in Czechoslovakia when they were children.Menemsha Films

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Nicky’s Family

You wouldn’t be alone if you didn’t know the larger-than-life story of Sir Nicholas Winton, nicknamed the “British Schindler” for his rescue of 669 Jewish children from Czechoslovakia just before the outbreak of World War II. And that is the group for whom “Nicky’s Family” makes a good, if not great, introduction.

The documentary recounts, through interviews, reenactments, archival and stock footage, the story of Winton, who was a young British stockbroker in 1939 when he traveled to Czechoslovakia just before Hitler invaded. Sensing impending disaster, Winton engineered the children’s escape, arranging their paperwork and train transportation and finding new homes for them with families in Great Britain. Most of the youngsters did lose their biological parents in the Holocaust but are alive today to tell their stories.

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