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Nicky & Vera

Nicky and Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued

By:
Peter Sis
Age Level:
Middle Grade
Published:
2021

In December 1938, a young Englishman canceled a ski vacation and went instead to Prague to help the hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Nazis who were crowded into the city. He raised money, found foster families in England, arranged travel and visas, and, when necessary, bribed officials and forged documents. In the frantic spring and summer of 1939, as the Nazi shadow fell over Europe, he organized the transportation of almost 700 children to safety.

Then, when the war began and no more children could be rescued, he put away his records and told no one. It was only fifty years later that a chance discovery and a famous television appearance brought Winton’s actions to light.

Peter Sís weaves Winton’s experiences and the story of one of the children he saved, Vera Gissing. This is a tale of decency, action, and courage told in luminous, poetic images by an internationally renowned artist.

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