The first showing, sponsored by the
Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, Shoreline Hadassah and The Grove
School begins at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 21 at Polson Middle School, 302 Green Hill Road, Madison, according to a release.
The second showing begins at at 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 27 at the JCC, 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge, the release said.
Suggested donation is $5.
"Proceeds of the movie will help fund scholarships for March of the
Living, a program that sends Jewish teens from around the world for a
two-week experiential journey to Poland and Israel for an educational
experience about the Holocaust," the release said.
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, now 104 years old, did not speak about
these events with anyone for more than half a century. His heroic
efforts might have been forgotten if his wife had not found a suitcase
full of documents and transport plans many years later," the release said,.
Also from the release:
The showing of "Nicky’s Family"
is part of the Beckerman Lecture series. Sponsored by the Beckerman
Family Foundation, the series is designed to promote engaging
conversations about topics and themes that have shaped our world and
continue to impact tout place in the global community.
Following the January 27
screening, Mr. Ivan Backer will discuss his personal experience on the
Kindertransport. Mr. Backer’s mother boarded him on a train in Prague
bound for London in May 1939 along with 668 other children. Unlike many
of them, however, Mr. Backer’s story is atypical of that time period as
many of his peers never saw their loved ones again.
the question that it (the experience) poses is why was I spared when so
many perished,” said Backer. “The answer is that I need to lead a
life of service to others out of gratitude for being saved.” He said he
hopes to “instill in young people the need to live a life beyond their
own enjoyment and satisfaction.”
own life journey brought him to New York in 1944 at the age of 15. Mr.
Backer went on to graduate from Moravian College in Pennsylvania with a
history degree and from Columbia University, where he earned his
master’s degree in social ethics. For the past quarter century, Mr.
Backer has served as the director of Southside Institutions Neighborhood
Alliance in Hartford, which works to improve the neighborhoods around
Trinity College, Hartford Hospital and the Connecticut Children’s
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