Petr Sís

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

Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued
Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued
W. W. Norton, 2021, 64 pp
Language: Czech
Genre: Children’s and Young Adult, Literary fiction
ISBN: 9781324015741
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Nicky & Vera is a masterful tribute to a humble man’s courageous efforts to protect Europe’s most vulnerable, and a timely portrayal of the hopes and fears of those forced to leave their homes and create new lives.

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. Setting up a makeshift headquarters in his hotel room, Nicholas Winton took names and photographs from parents desperate to get their children out of danger. 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. Nicky & Vera is a tale of decency, action, and courage told in luminous, poetic images by an internationally renowned artist.

Age: 8+

Praise:

“Captivating…. Sís takes great care, in this Holocaust tale about the horrific consequences of demonizing people who are different, to highlight the things we have in common.”

New York Times Book Review

“An extraordinary life memorably and evocatively presented.”

Kirkus Review

“[A] deeply considered picture book biography.”

Publishers Weekly

 

Language: Czech
Title: Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children He Rescued
Publisher: W. W. Norton
Year: 2021
Pages: 64
Genre: Children’s and Young Adult, Literary fiction