Nicky & Vera: A Quiet Hero of the Holocaust and the Children he Rescued

  • 27 Jan 2021
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To coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day W.W. Norton publishes Nicky & Vera by Peter Sís, a Czech-born author/illustrator and Caldecott Honoree and Sibert Medalist.

In 1938, twenty-nine-year old Nicholas Winton saved the lives of almost 700 children trapped in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia —a story he never told and which remained unknown until an unforgettable TV appearance on That's Life in the 1980s reunited him with some of the children he saved.

Peter Sís dramatises Winton's story in this distinctive and deeply personal picture book. He intertwines Nicky's efforts with the story of one of the children he saved —a young girl named Vera, whose family enlisted Nicky's aid when the Germans occupied their country. As the war passes and Vera grows up, she must find balance in her dual identities —one of her birthright, the other her choice.  

Nicky & Vera is a masterful tribute to a humble man's courageous efforts to protect Europe's most vulnerable, and a timely portrayal of the hopes and fears of those forced to leave their homes and create new lives.

Book details:
Published by W.W. Norton
January 2021
ISBN 9781324015741
239 x 312 mm • 64 pages  

To order Nicky & Vera at a special discount of 25% + free shipping please click here and add the code WN747 when prompted at the checkout. 

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