In My Own Words with Kim Masters & Barbara Winton
Original Program Date: June 30, 2021
“If something is not impossible, then there must be a way to do it” Sir Nicholas Winton
There are around 6000 people in the world today who owe their lives to Nicholas Winton. They are the descendants of a group of refugee children rescued by him from the Nazi threat in 1939.
One of those people is Kim Masters, editor-at-large of The Hollywood Reporter and host of KCRW’s The Business. One of her parents was rescued by Sir Nicholas Winton.
Join us as these two daughters share an incredible story of heroism and gratitude for the good deeds of an incredible man.
The discussion will also be facilitated by Tamara Meyer. Tamara is an author, lecturer and media consultant as well as a child of German Jewish parents who escaped Nazi Germany at the brink of World War ll. For the past two decades, she has been lecturing and writing about her family legacy.
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Ms. Winton has painstakingly sifted through her father’s papers and talked to family and friends to construct a detailed account of his whole life. It explores the influences on his character as well as the historical events he was caught up in. Taken from his historical letters and writings, Winton’s own words are introduced to convey the atmosphere of many of his diverse experiences, her book, If its’s Not Impossible…The Life of Sir Nicholas Winton” was published in 2014.
About Our Speakers
Barbara Winton is the daughter and biographer of the late Sir Nicholas Winton (1909-2015), who organized the Czech and Slovak Kindertransport that rescued 669 endangered children from the Nazi threat just months before the outbreak of the Second World War. Sir Nicholas was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2003 for Services to Humanity. Barbara wrote his biography: If it’s Not Impossible…The Life of Sir Nicholas Winton, published in 2014.
Since then Barbara has continued to give talks about her father’s work, its impact today, and how his legacy can be continued. She has formed the Sir Nicholas Winton Memorial Trust to hold his archives for educational use into the future.
Alongside this, she campaigns for the rights of today’s refugees especially children, in particular supporting the work of Safe Passage and Lord Alf Dubs, himself a Czech Kindertransport child.
Kim Masters is editor-at-large of The Hollywood Reporter and host of KCRW’s The Business. She is also the daughter of one of the children Sir Nicholas Winton rescued during the Holocaust. A former correspondent for NPR, she has also served as a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, TIME and Esquire, and was a staff reporter for The Washington Post. She is the author of The Keys to the Kingdom: The Rise of Michael Eisner and the Fall of Everybody Else, and co-author (with Nancy Griffin) of Hit & Run: How Jon Peters and Peter Guber Took Sony for a Ride in Hollywood. Masters was named Entertainment Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club in 2001 and Print Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club in 2012. The Business received Gracie Awards for Outstanding Talk Show in 2012 and 2014. In 2018, the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists gave Masters its Distinguished Journalist Award.
Tamara Meyer, author, lecturer and media consultant is a child of German Jewish parents who escaped Nazi Germany at the brink of World War ll. For the past two decades she has been lecturing and writing about her family legacy.
In 1998 Tamara began participating in dialogue groups in Berlin, Germany that included former Nazis, Holocaust survivors and their descendants, Tamara has experienced first-hand both the extraordinary challenge and reward of engaging with those who at another time would have been her fiercest enemies.
A child of a Kindertransport survivor, Tamara has been active in educating the public about this rescue mission. As media liaison for and former board member of the Kindertransport Association she has placed stories pertaining to the Kindertransports in major national/international print media, radio, tv and cable. She was recently invited to British Parliament as part of a celebration of the 80th anniversary of the first Kindertransport to leave Nazi Germany.
Tamara continues to give talks, sits on panels and offers workshops about her experiences with Nazi/Survivor dialogue groups, the Kindertransports, the German Jewish narrative and her struggles to save her family’s Art Nouveau department store (now an historic monument) that was stolen by the Nazis. Tamara also meets and works with former Alt Right, White Supremacists and KKK members for the purpose of reconciliation and education. Tamara sits on the Advisory Board and Speakers’ bureau of Parents for Peace https://www.parents4peace.org/ , an organization dedicated to preventing radicalization, violence and extremism and is a member of The Mentor Project which makes mentors from all fields available to students and others throughout the world. https://www.mentorproject.org/ She is currently working on a book of narratives about her work and family legacy. She also hosts a monthly second generation ‘Dinner and Dialogue’, carrying on in the tradition of her grandmother, a salonnière in Berlin.
Tamara, through her company WorkWell, LLC has taught conflict resolution and cultural diversity courses in U.S. government agencies. corporations, smaller businesses, NGOs and the public.
Her book “Help Your Baby Build a Healthy Body” was published by Crown Publishers in the U.S. and by Japan Uni Agency in Japan in 1984.
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