documentary about the last rescuer of the Holocaust
will be shown by its Slovakian director at Moravian tonight.
It celebrates the actions of Nicholas Winton,
a British embassy worker in Prague who provided entry visas
to England for almost 700 Jewish children just before the
Nazis occupied Czechoslovakia in 1939.
Nicholas Winton: The Power of Good will be
introduced by its director, Matej Minac, and its editor and
co-producer, Patrik Pass. They are also the makers of a feature
film, All My Loved Ones (2002), in which Winton is a secondary
character who helps a Czech Jewish family realize that the
Nazi threat is real and that its children must be sent out
of the country to survive.
We think that the story of Winton has great appeal for
a present-day audience, especially students, says Minac.
It shows that an individual has great power and can
change history in a very positive way.
Winton was visiting friends in Prague when
the German situation became critical. With some knowledge
of the fate of Germanys Jews, he helped issue British
travel documents to Jewish childrenand when he could
not do legally, provided false passports. He also arranged
for foster homes for the duration of the war. Very few of
the children ever saw their parents again, as the Jews of
Czechoslovakia were largely liquidated in the concentration
He told no one of his actions for almost
50 years after the war. In the late 1990s, his wife, cleaning
their attic as they prepared to move to a retirement home,
found a box of passport applications and childrens photographs.
Only then did his compassionate act become known.
Minac, a Slovakian Jew whose mother was executed
at Auschwitz, calls Winton the last rescuer, comparable
to Oskar Schindler and Raoul Wallenberg, and wonders why no
filmmaker before him was attracted to Wintons story.
He had learned of Wintons role in his own survival by
chance in two tiny paragraphs of a book called
Pearls of Childhood by Vera Gissing, who had been one of Wintons
children. When Minac talked to Gissing during
the filming of All My Loved Ones, which is based on the story
of his own family, he was surprised to find out that Winton
was still alive and in good health.
So, after finishing All My Loved Ones, he
went back and made a full-length documentary about Wintons
Power of Good
7:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 26
Prosser Auditorium, HUB
Reception for the filmmakers follows in the lounge
Preview of Payne Gallery exhibit, works by Elizabeth
Catlett and Francisco Mora.
Student composer Melissa Spangenberg '03 writes
another piece for Christmas Vespers.
American premiere of documentary about Holocaust
rescuer Nicholas Winton.
Ashley Kimmet '03 and runner/Olympic aspirant Emily
Shertzer '02 win scholarships.
for Human Sundae competition benefit Habitat for
of faculty, staff, students.