In memory and honor of those whose lives were irreparably destroyed by “the Night of Broken Glass” Kristallnacht” 75 years ago, the film Nicky’s Family will be screened on Sunday December 8th, 2013 4 PM at Cinemapolis in downtown Ithaca.
For synagogue members and families, tickets are free, and available on a first-come first-served basis.
Please reserve tickets after November 18th at the Temple Office.
Sponsored by Temple Beth El Sisterhood, Adult Education and the Rabbi’s Discretionary Fund.
Breif synoposis from movie web site:
Nicky’s Family tells the nearly forgotten story of Nicholas Winton, an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II.
Winton did not speak about these events with anyone for more than half a century. His exploits would have probably been forgotten if his wife, fifty years later, hadn ́t found a suitcase in the attic, full of documents and transport plans.
NYT review here
The silence from this individual about his heroism, even to his wife is remarkable. I wonder if it has anything to do with one of the admirable cultural character traits of the British, namely discretion, non-volubility and an aversion to intimacy that is so different in the US.
I am wondering if this movie would be suitable for a mature almost 10-year old. Any thoughts?