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Moravian College to Screen “Nicky’s Family” Documentary

Special guest Ivan Backer ’49 to discuss his journey as a child liberated from Nazi Germany

Ivan Backer Bethlehem, Pa., April 2, 2014— The award-winning documentary, "Nicky’s Family," with special guest Ivan Backer ’49, will be presented on Thursday, April 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. in PPHAC, room 102. The event is sponsored by the Moravian College Hillel Society and is open to the College and the greater Lehigh Valley community. Nicky’s Family is a remarkable story of the man who has been called “Britain’s Schindler." Sir Nicholas Winton, who is now 104, is credited with saving the lives of 669 Czech and Slovak children at the outbreak of World War II.

Backer, a Moravian alumnus, was one of those children. Backer is coming to Bethlehem to represent the class of 1949 in the processional for President Grigsby’s Inauguration. He has graciously agreed to show the film and share the story of his interrupted childhood, his journey via Winton’s Kindertransport, his arrival at Moravian, and his subsequent career dedicated to the service of others.

Backer’s life journey brought him to New York in 1944 at the age of 15. He went on to graduate from Moravian College with a history degree and from Columbia University, where he earned his master’s degree in social ethics. For the past quarter century, Backer has served as the director of Southside Institutions Neighborhood Alliance in Hartford, which works to improve the neighborhoods around Trinity College, Hartford Hospital and the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center.

Moravian College encourages persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. Anyone who anticipates needing any type of accommodation or who has questions about the physical access provided should contact the Hillel advisor, Jason Radine, at 610-861-1314 prior to the event.

Moravian College is a private coeducational liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college and the first to educate women. Moravian emphasizes the deliberate integration of a broad-based liberal arts curriculum with hands-on learning experiences to effectively prepare its 1,600 students, not just for jobs, but for successful careers. Moravian College excels at transforming good students into highly competent graduates that are ready to enter the workplace with confidence or shine in graduate school. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.