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Movie teaches Siouxland students tolerance


A movie can make you laugh, and make you cry. Some even make you think. Wednesday, an award-winning movie taught some Siouxland students a lesson in history, and tolerance.

The eyes of Siouxland eighth graders were as they absorbed the story of kids, not much younger than themselves, who escaped the horrors of World War II in eastern Europe. Survivor says, "This old man saved my life, and that of hundreds of others, during the second World War."

He's Nicholas Winton. Nicholas Winton says, "I have a motto that, 'if something isn't blatantly impossible, there must be a way of doing it.'" And, he changed history. Nicholas Winton says, "I saw those people, who were in difficulty, and danger. People on Hitler's blacklist."

He smuggled them to England. Survivor says, "My mother took us four children, and we just ran for our lives." 669 Czech and Slovak children in all. Many had parents who later perished in the Auschwitz concentration camp. Survivor says, "The last thing my dad said to me was, 'I should be his brave, cheerful little girl. And, I think I have been.'"

But, Winton couldn't save them all. Nicholas Winton says, "Our greatest regret was our largest transport, which was 250 children, was canceled because war started. And, almost none of those children survived." It was an operation, an obsession, that impresses these kids can't imagine some 70-years later. Kelly Vondrak, 8th Grader said, "I thought that was amazing... that one person could save that many lives and make that big of a difference." Rebekah Breyfogle, 8th Grader said, "I think he was a very inspiring man to have the courage to change the world."

It's an impact that surprises even Nicholas Winton. Nicholas Winton says, "I never thought what I did, so many years ago, would such a big impact as apparently it has."

His "family", which numbered 669, has grown to nearly 6-thousand. So has his legacy... prompting charity projects, worldwide. Nicholas Winton says, "And, if it has now got a story that has inspired people to live for the future, then that would be an added bonus." And, it has... with a handful of these kids ready to follow Winton's example. Carlie Siders, 8th Grader said, "I want to help people in need, and if they need a home, to try and help them out. Do the best you can to be the best person you can be." Teaching them about history, and how to make history.

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