ONE LIFE

Sir Nicholas Winton and Portraits of Kindertransport Refugees

Sir Nicholas Winton (1909-2015) led a mission on the eve of the Second World War that rescued 669 predominantly Jewish children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. To coincide with the release of One Life, a film about Winton’s remarkable life and story, we have teamed up with Warner Bros. Pictures to spotlight new portraits by Simon Hill of 11 people who, as children, travelled on the Czech Kindertransport (children’s transport), organised by Winton and others including Trevor Chadwick (1907-1979) and Doreen Warriner (1904-1972). In spite of everything they were forced to leave behind, these individuals have gone on to lead full lives, enriching the UK in the fields of education, politics, medicine and the arts. They and the others who were rescued have become affectionately known as ‘Nicky’s Children’.

Accompanying this digital exhibition are filmed testimonies of some of the 11 individuals’ journeys and experiences of coming to the UK. A portrait of Sir Nicholas Winton by Henry Browne from the National Portrait Gallery’s Collection is also included, which captures Winton in his one hundredth year.

“The face of each survivor is all that is required to encapsulate a unique narrative that is testament to the triumph of the human spirit over the shadows of persecution.”

- Photographer Simon Hill

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An older man stands under a brick arch in a garden
Sir Nicholas Winton (1909-2015)
By Henry Browne, 2009
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Head and shoulders of an older man wearing glasses
Peter Schiller (b. 1931)
By Simon Hill, 2023
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Head and shoulders of an older woman in a grey top, looking up to the right
Vera Schaufeld (b. 1930)
By Simon Hill, 2023
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Head and shoulders of an older woman wearing a checked top and a black and grey scarf
Alexandra Greensted (b. 1932)
By Simon Hill, 2023
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Head and shoulders of an older man wearing a suit and tie
Lord Alfred Dubs (b. 1932)
By Simon Hill, 2023
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Head and shoulders of an older woman wearing a brown coat and pink scarf
Gerda Svarny (b. 1927)
By Simon Hill, 2023
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Head and shoulders of an older woman wearing a black top and a purple scarf
Lia Lesser (b. 1931)
By Simon Hill, 2023
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Head and shoulders of an older woman wearing a white top, red jacket and beige scarf
Lisa Midwinter (b. 1935)
By Simon Hill, 2023
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Head and shoulders of an older woman wearing a dark top, purple scarf and glasses
Renate Collins (b. 1933)
By Simon Hill, 2023
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Head and shoulders of an older man wearing a suit and tie and glasses
John Fieldsend (b. 1931)
By Simon Hill, 2023
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Head and shoulders of an older woman wearing black with a white pattern
Eva Paddock (b. 1935)
By Simon Hill, 2023
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Head and shoulders of an older woman wearing a black and white top, a large necklace and glasses
Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines (b. 1929)
By Simon Hill, 2023
 


ONE LIFE is in UK cinemas from 1 January 2024.