Teen Screen

An Educational Field Trip that Changes Attitudes – and Lives

Nicky’s Family


Recommended for grades 7-12

96 minutes


In 1939, Nicholas Winton saved the lives of 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia by bringing them across Hitler’s Germany to his native Britain. For nearly 50 years, Winton kept secret how he rescued these children. There are more than 6,000 descendants of the children Winton saved—and all of them owe their lives to this gentle, unassuming hero, who just this year passed away at 106. Twenty-six “rescued children” from all over the world are featured in the film, among them CBC correspondent Joe Schlesinger, who narrates.

Theme: Holocaust

Sub-Themes: Heroism, Determination, Survival, Altruism, Global Citizenry, Social Action