Time: 1:00 pm
Cost: Free for members; $5 for non-members
Join the Museum for a screening of the film Nicky’s Family followed by a talkback with Dr. Renata Laxova, one of ‘Nicky’s Children’. NICKY’S FAMILY, produced by Menemsha Films, Inc., is an emotional retelling of the remarkable efforts one man took to rescue 669 Czech children from death during WWII. Sir Nicholas Winton was a young English businessman at the time; but when chance brought him to Nazi occupied Czechoslovakia, he put aside his own pursuits and began organizing the many children of Jewish refugees to escape Nazi clutches. Once he had appointed himself the authority for such matters, Winton went to work arranging transport and placing these children in English homes.
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Dr. Renata Laxova is a specialist in the fields of genetics and genealogy and is dedicated to patient advocacy. It is no surprise when one learns of her interesting life story. Because of the advocacy of those involved with the Kindertransport, Dr. Laxova escaped from Czechoslovakia and the Holocaust and lived in Britain. After returning home, she trained as a pediatrician and earned her PhD in Medical Genetics from Masaryk University in Brno, CZ. Laxova went back to Britain to study with leaders in the field of medical genetics before moving to Madison, where she again worked with renowned geneticists before being appointed as the first medical director of the UW-Madison Genetic Counselor Training Program, a position she held for over 20 years.
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