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Film about ‘Britain’s Schindler’

A documentary film that tells the nearly forgotten story of an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War Two will be screened at The Bookshelf on Sunday and Monday.
The 2011 Czech documentary Nicky’s Family tells the story of Sir Nicholas Winton. Described as “an inspirational portrait and a life-affirming film,” it will be shown at 2 p.m. on April 27 and 6:30 p.m. April 28.
Guelph-based jazz vocalist and publicist Brenda Lewis, whose father Henry Lewis was one of the rescued children, will be at the Monday night screening to introduce the film and share her family’s story, a news release said.
Winton “did not speak about his heroic deeds with anyone for more than half a century,” the release said. His exploits “could have been forgotten if his wife, 50 years later, hadn’t found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and transport plans.”
Narrated by retired CBC news correspondent Joe Schlesinger, Nicky’s Family is a deserved homage to the man the U.K. press dubbed “Britain’s Schindler,” the release said.

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