A new documentary tells the story of Nicholas Winton, a British stockbroker who saved the lives of 669 Czechoslovakian children through the Kindertransport in 1939. Audiences in Los Angeles have a unique opportunity to see the film and meet Dave Lux, one of the children he saved, this Sunday.
The film, Nicky’s Family, has screened at dozens of film festivals around the world and is currently playing in theaters across the country. Lux will participate in a Q&A following the 5 p.m. screening at Laemmle’s Music Hall 3 in Beverly Hills this Sunday.
Lux gave testimony about his experiences as a Holocaust survivor to USC Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive.
Winton, now 104, was one of many civilians who organized transports of mostly Jewish children out of Nazi-threatened Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Poland and the Netherlands and into the UK before World War II broke out in Europe. Children were placed into foster homes and group homes for the duration of the war, and most never saw their parents again.
Winton’s participation in the Kindertransport went virtually unknown until 1988, when his wife found a suitcase of transport plans and documents in their attic. Winton has since met many of the children and their families, and has inspired thousands of others around the world to perform charitable acts. He was also knighted by Queen Elizabeth II.
The Visual History Archive contains almost 52,000 audiovisual testimonies from the Holocaust and other genocides, conducted in 57 countries and in 33 languages.