Award-Winning Film on Holocaust's "Last Rescuer" Shows Tonight
Panel discussion with director, surviving "Winton Children," and Consul General of the Czech Republic to follow.
Wednesday, September 17, 6:30 p.m.
In 1939, Nicholas Winton, a 28-year old London stockbroker, rescued 669 Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. He told no one, not even his own family, of his actions for more than fifty years. Only in the late 1990s, after Winton's wife found a box of passport applications in the attic of their home, did the heroic act come to light.
Nicholas Winton: The Power of Good chronicles the remarkable story of Nicholas Winton, who at age 98 was nominated for the 2008 Nobel Peace Prize. Winton appears with a dozen of the rescued "children" in the film directed by Matej Minac, a Slovakian Jew. The film received the 2002 International Emmy Award for Documentary from the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
The film will be shown tonight at 6:30 p.m. in Prosser Auditorium, Haupert Union Building. After the screening, President Thomforde will lead a panel discussion, featuring Matej Minac; Hannah Slome and George Korper (two of the surviving "Winton Children"); and Peter A. Rafaeli, Hon. Consul General of the Czech Republic. A reception with the panelists will follow in the HUB lounge.
While visiting Moravian, Matej Minac will film a performace of the Moravian College Choir and interview President Thomforde for a follow-up film to the original documentary.
The program is sponsored by Moravian College Office of Institutional Diversity, the President's Office, and the Music Department. For more information, call 610-861-1491.