‘British Schindler’ story told

Survivor part of Strand series
Oct 02, 2013
“Nicky’s Family” tells of the rescue of Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II.

Rockland — The Strand Theatre, 345 Main St., will host two screenings of “Nicky’s Family,” which tells the nearly forgotten story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children — many of them Jewish — just before the outbreak of World War II.

Screenings are Saturday, Oct. 12, at 3 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 13 at 6 p.m. Special guest, child survivor Eva Paddock will participate in a Q&A at the Oct. 13 screening, followed by a reception across the street at Carver Hill Gallery, co-hosted by Adas Yoshuron Synagogue.

Winton, now 104 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, 50 years later, had not found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and transport plans. Today the story of this rescue is known all over the world. Winton was knighted by the Queen Elizabeth II, and the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 583 recognizing his remarkable deed.

Paddock, one of the Jewish children rescued by Sir Nicholas in 1939, will introduce Oct. 13 screening and take part in a Q&A session following the feature. After her talk, the audience is invited to a reception from 8 to 9 p.m. at event sponsor Carver Hill Gallery, 33 Main St. As little girls, Paddock, now of Cambridge, Mass., and her sister, Milena, who resides in the United Kingdom, left on the last kindertransport train, which departed from Prague on July 29, 1939. Milena is seen in a few clips during the film, and there are photos of their father walking with Eva in Prague. Their family name appears on Winton’s roster, as well as on shots of exit visas issued by the Nazis.

This film is not rated. Tickets are $8.50, $7.50 students and senior citizens (all for the matinee). For more information on all upcoming films, live concerts, HD broadcasts and events at the Strand, visit rocklandstrand.com; call 594-0070, ext. 3; or email info@rocklandstrand.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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