“Nicky’s Family”… and the BCC Connection
Nicky’s Family, opens July 19 in Los Angeles, tells the nearly forgotten story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II.
Winton, now 104 years old, did not speak about these events (“Kindertransport”) with anyone for more than half a century. His exploits would have probably been forgotten if his wife, fifty years later, hadn’t found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and transport plans.
Today the story of this rescue is known all over the world. He was knighted by the Queen Elisabeth II and the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 583 recognizing his remarkable deed.
BCC is honored to have a Shoah (Holocaust) Survivor Torah that is originally from the town of Chotebor, Czechoslovakia. Our Survivor Torah was among thousands of Jewish ritual objects captured by the Nazis for their planned “Museum of An Extinct Race.” After the war ended, 1, 546 Torah scrolls were distributed to Jewish communities throughout the world as a living memorial to Czech Jewry, including BCC’s scroll from Chotebor.
In 2005, we miraculously found Olga Grilli, the sole living survivor of the former Chotebor Jewish community. During a moving celebration weekend, we reunited Olga and her children and grandchildren with the precious Torah scroll, which Olga remembered her grandfather had held every Shabbat. Olga is one of the 669 Kindertransport children rescued by Sir Nicholas. Read about her visit in this archive Gvanim article
“A knight for 700 Jews.”
– Elizabeth Michaelson, Jewniverse
“Enthralling, evocative. A true story of heroism.”
– Anita Gates, The New York Times
“Poignant, powerful, unforgettable. I actually feel better about the world after having seen Sir Nicholas Winton’s story.”
– Mark Rifkin, This Week In New York