Winton’s Trains in USA

An exhibition called “Winton’s Trains” was solemnly opened by ribbon cutting on Monday April 24, 2017. This is the very first time that this unique exhibition went to the United States after several years of efforts by the CG Los Angeles. Its official opening, moreover, took place within one of the most important Jewish holidays, Yom HaShoa – The Day of Holocaust Commemoration. The event was held in the Museum of Tolerance, with which CG LA has exceptionally friendly relations, and which is the first of its kind, conceptually based on the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) and is also one of the biggest and most prestigious Jewish museums on the West Coast.

The afternoon ceremony was opened by Mrs. Liebe Geft, director of the museum, who, apart from others, thanked to the CG Los Angeles and Mrs. Olga Menzelová for the preparation of such an important exhibition. Later she gave the word to the Representative Office Director Mr. Pavol Šepeľák, who emphasized the importance of the heroic act of the British broker, Sir Nicholas Winton, who rescued 669 Czechoslovakian children, mostly of Jewish origin, who he enabled leaving the pre-war Czechoslovakia for England, where they became orphans as most of their biological parents died in concentration camps. On this occasion, he also thanked Mrs. Olga Menzelová, wife of the Oscar-winning director Jiří Menzel, who personally visited the ceremony in Los Angeles. O. Menzelová then described the story of the origins of this unique exhibition curated by professor Jaroslav Brabec, but she also remarked that the last, ninth Winton’s train with more than 250 children was stopped by the Nazis and all the passengers died in shoah. She also said that sufficient funds have been raised after several years of endeavor to build a memorial dedicated to the parents of these children, which is going to be solemnly unveiled at the Prague Main Train Station on 27 May 2017.

Mr. Antonio R. Villaraigosa, former mayor of Los Angeles, and notably Mrs. Gila Gamliel, the Minister for Social Equality of Israel, were among the important guests and speakers of the rich and emotive program that preceded the opening of the exhibition. Rabbi Meyer May, the executive director of the SWC (note: The Government of the CR passed its very first gift to a non-profit human-right organization in 2016, nearly $2,000.- to the SWC upon a CG LA proposal) also had a speech at the ceremony visited by more than 250 guests, including at least 20 holocaust survivors, and also Rabbi Abraham Cooper, who not only stressed the increasing anti-Semite behavior in today’s world, but also the importance of this year’s Yom HaShoa, which was a jubilee, 40th one for the SWC in Los Angeles. Both the Rabbis welcomed the representatives of states in the persons of consul generals, namely of Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Côte d'Ivoire, Estonia, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Pakistan, Poland, Spain, Great Britain and Uruguay.

The program also contained a cultural part, a performance of the Jewish Community Children’s Choir accompanied by successful Czech violinist Johana Krejčí.

The whole program then culminated in the ribbon cutting, in which the managements of the Museum of Tolerance and the SWC, the Minister of Israel, Chris O’Connor the Consul General of Great Britain and one of the rare survivor children rescued by Mr. Nicholas Winton, Mr. David Lux participated as well as Olga Menzelová and Pavol Šepeľák.

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7/10 - 31/10 2015 - VÁCLAVSKÉ NÁMĚSTÍ - PRAHA 1

The Municipality of Capital Prague, Medialogue, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the CR and The Office of the Government present an open-air exhibition “Winton’s Trains” to commemorate an exceptional man and saviour of Jewish children, Sir Nicholas Winton. The exhibition will be held from 7th to 30th October on Wenceslaus Square, also during night hours.

A press release in the Czech language can be found here.

photo: Tereza Melicharová / Medialogue,s.r.o.

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Exhibition Winton's Train's extended until the June 30 2014!


OPENING 19. 5. 2014 Prague

Photo © Lucie Vítková / Medialogue s.r.o.


Winton’s Trains exhibition reopens in Prague
on the occasion of Sir Nicholas’ 105th birthday

Updated exhibition Winton’s Train’s of the author Jaroslav Brabec will be installed in Kampa Park in Prague near Museum Kampa, accesible free of charge, 24 hours a day.

When: May 19. - June 19. 2014
Where: U Sovových mlýnů, Kampa Park, Prague 1

The event is held under the auspices of
Martin Stropnický, Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic
Jiří Vávra, the First Deputy Mayor of Capital Prague

Thanks to the Czech Television documentary, you can remind the successful international launch of the exhibition in 2011 (video).

The initiative Nobel Peace Prize for Nicholas Winton organised by Open Gate high school students reached more than 240 thousand signatures and gets into the broad public awareness. Use the opportunity to sign the petition sheet during the exhibition Winton's trains in Prague's Kampa from May 19 to June 19 2014.

More about the initiative can be found on www.nicholaswinton.eu or facebook

Opening 21. 5. 2011 - Prague

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Sir Nicholas Winton

has been awarded the Trebbia European award 2013 for contribution to national dialogue of cultures. The prize was presented by Miroslava Nemcova, the Chairwoman of the Czech Parliaments Chamber of Deputies and accepted on Sir Winton's behalf by his daughter Barbara Winton.

Congratualations!

Opening 21. 5. 2011 - London

More here.

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The entire exhibition project Winton's Trains is now available online in the Project section.

We would like to thank following institutions for courtesy to public the exhibition in its entirety on the website:

  • Bundesarchiv, Germany (image no. 183-1989-0322-506, photographer unknown, image no. 5)
  • Auswärtiges Amt - Politisches Archiv, Germany (scan - Munich Agreement, image no. 7)
  • United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, USA (photo - The mass execution of women and children after the liquidation of the Mizocz ghetto in Ukraine,14 October 1942, image no. 67)