On Sunday the New York Times published noted Hollywood historian Neal Gabler's terrific piece about Universal Studios founder CARL LAEMMLE and his humanitarian work rescuing Jews from Hitler's Germany. We encourage everyone to read the article. Uncle Carl's determination attests to the power of an individual to do good rather than stand idly by in times of grave challenges, injustice and outright evil.
That's the idea behind this Sunday morning's free screenings of NICKY'S FAMILY:
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The screening are intended to raise awareness about similarly grave events going on around the world today and foster participation in L.A.'s Walk to End Genocide on April 27 at Pan Pacific Park.
As an annual L.A. event, the Walk to End Genocide is a meaningful way for our community to respond to oppression and injustice throughout the world. SIGN UP, raise money for a great cause and walk with Greg & Tish Laemmle, both of whom will be there.
NICKY'S FAMILY is a gripping, award-winning documentary about the rescue operation of the “British Schindler” - Sir Nicholas Winton (today 104 years old), an Englishman who organized the rescue of 669 Czech and Slovak children just before the outbreak of World War II. Dramatic reenactments and never-before-seen archival footage vividly illustrate the accounts of rescued children, as well as Mr. Winton himself, to recount this fascinating story, which even after 70 years is inspiring people of all ages to make this world a better place. If you haven't seen the film, please consider attending one of these screenings.
Carl Laemmle, or Uncle Carl, as he was affectionately known, was a mentor to Laemmle Theatres co-founders Max and Kurt Laemmle. He did not need to provide affidavits for Max and Kurt's families because Kurt was an American citizen, having married one. They provided affidavits for their parents to immigrate. Nonetheless the Laemmles are very proud to be related to Carl Laemmle.
Huge thanks to Neil Friedman and Menemsha Films for making the NICKY'S FAMILY screenings possible.
Please note that 60 Minutes will be airing a segment on Sir Nicholas Winton this April 27.