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Sun Dec 3, 2023, 09:26 PM Dec 2023

'One Life' New Film, Sir Nicholas Winton, Kindertransport Rescue of Children During Holocaust, Anthony Hopkins

'Anthony Hopkins Plays a Holocaust Hero in Upcoming Movie About Kindertransport.' "One Life" tells the moving story of Sir Nicholas Winton who helped rescue 669 children during the Holocaust. Kveller, Sept. 12, 2023. Ed.

Whenever I need a good cry, there’s one clip I know will never leave my eyes dry.

It’s a video of Nicholas Winton meeting, for the first time, the children — now grown — that he saved through his efforts in the operation known as the Kindertransport during World War II. The clip is from a 1988 episode of the BBC show “That’s Life.” After talking about Winton’s life and achievements, Jewish host Esther Rantzen asks the crowd, which Winton believed to be just an average studio audience, “Is there anyone in the audience who owes their life to Nicholas Winton? If so, could you stand up please?”

And then, one by one, dozens of them rise to their feet — the rest of the audience was full of their children and grandchildren.

- 'That's Life,' BBC TV, 1988.

You can see Winton wiping the tears from his eyes, visibly moved and surprised as a doting crowd looks at him. It’s a brilliant moment of TV, so full of the best of humanity. Now, the story of Winton and the Kindertransport will be the subject of the upcoming film “One Life,” coming out on January 1, 2024, in which Anthony Hopkins plays an older Nicholas Winton, and that iconic moment of TV gets reenacted by Jewish actress Samantha Spiro. It looks like Hopkins, who most recently played a Jewish-Ukrainian grandfather in “Armageddon Times,” gives a moving performance, from the trailer of the movie which was released earlier this week.

- 'One Life' movie, official trailer.

“Do you ever think of the children and what happened to them?” he asks, adding that these people's stories, their rescue, is “really not about me.” Actor & musician Johnny Flynn (“Emma“) plays a younger Winton who goes to Prague for two weeks instead of a Swiss ski vacation and ends up collaborating with the British Committee for Refugees from Czechoslovakia (BCRC) to help move 669 children out of Nazi-occupied Prague and into London. His collaborators also offer some pretty powerful moments in the trailer, especially his mother, Babette, played by Helena Bonham Carter.

Carter’s own maternal grandfather helped saved hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust & was honored as a “Righteous Among Nations.” Babette, like Winton’s father, was a Jewish German immigrant to the UK - the family converted to Christianity & changed their names from Wertheim to Winton due to anti-German sentiments. She served as her son’s secretary in London, and even helped care for some of the kids. “You cannot save them all,” Babette, who changed her name to Barbara after moving to England, tells her “Nicky” in the trailer, with her thick German accent. “You have to forgive yourself that.”

“Save one life, save the world,” we hear someone in the trailer saying...

- Wiki, Sir Nicholas Winton MBE (né Wertheim; 19 May 1909 – 1 July 2015) was a British stockbroker and humanitarian who helped to rescue Jewish children who were at risk of being murdered by Nazi Germany during the Holocaust. Born to German-Jewish parents who had emigrated to Britain at the beginning of the 20th century, Winton assisted in the rescue of 669 children, most of them Jewish, from Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II.

On a brief visit to Czechoslovakia, he helped compile a list of children needing rescue and, returning to Britain, he worked to fulfil the legal requirements of bringing the children to Britain and finding homes and sponsors for them. This operation was later known as the Czech Kindertransport (German for 'children's transport').

His humanitarian accomplishments remained unknown and unnoticed by the world for nearly 50 years until 1988 when he was invited to the BBC television programme That's Life!, where he was reunited with dozens of the children he had helped come to Britain and was introduced to many of their children and grandchildren.

The British press celebrated him and dubbed him the "British Schindler". In 2003, Winton was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for "services to humanity, in saving Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia". On 28 October 2014, he was awarded the highest honour of the Czech Republic, the Order of the White Lion (1st class), by Czech President Miloš Zeman. Winton died on 1 July 2015, at the age of 106...
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