The story of Nicholas Winton, a young British
stockbroker who spent his own time and money to bring some
700 Czech Jewish children to England when World War II broke
out, fascinated the audience that filled Prosser Auditorium
last semester to see a documentary about this little-known
The film was shown November 26, the day after it won an International
Emmy Award for its Slovakian director, Matej Minac, and its
editor and producer, Patrik Pass.
Though Minac is himself the son of a Holocaust
survivor*, he had not heard of Winton until he began to film
All My Loved Ones (2000), an original script about
a Czech Jewish family that feels the Nazi regime closing around
it in 1939. Minac came across the mention of Wintons
rescue project in a book by a woman who had been one of the
children he saved. He made Winton (played by Rupert Graves)
an incidental character in the film, helping the family make
the difficult decision to send its children to England.
Though it is almost three years old, All
My Loved Ones has not been picked up for commercial distribution
by any American presenter. So its screening at Moravian as
part of the eighth Jewish-Israeli Film Festival of the Lehigh
Valley is a rare opportunity to see it.
The film will be shown at 1:30 p.m. Sunday,
February 9, in Prosser Auditorium. A limited number of complimentary
tickets are available to students at the HUB desk.
A panel discussion will follow with Peter
Rafaeli, honorary Czech consul of Philadelphia; Hans Wuerth,
professor emeritus of German and a scholar of the Holocaust;
and Rabbi Seth Frisch, Jewish chaplain and professor of Hebrew
Bible at Moravian Theological Seminary.
Tickets: $8, $7 seniors/students. 610 861-1583.
*Minacs mother, Zuzana Minacova, survived
Auschwitz. She now lives in Bratislava, Slovakia. A well-known
photographer, she has published a reconstructed version of
her familys lost photographs, using present-day family
and friends to pose as the cousins, uncles, parents, and children
who disappeared in the death camps.
scenes from the film All My Loved Ones. Above: The Silberstein
family waits anxiously at the Prague railway station to see
if its children will be allowed to board a train to freedom.
Top: Nicholas Winton (Rupert Graves) comforts the youngest