Wednesday, March 22nd | 29 Adar 5783

The Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life, 2022


Helena Bonham Carter


One of Britain’s best-known dramatic performers whose titles include “A Room With A View,” “The King’s Speech” and the “Harry Potter” movie series, Helena Bonham Carter turned her talents in 2022 to the story of British Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton. In the forthcoming film “One Life,” which depicts Winton’s efforts in rescuing 600 Jewish children from the clutches of the Nazis, Bonham Carter plays Winton’s German-Jewish mother, Babi Winton. For Bonham Carter, the story carries echoes of her own life, as her maternal grandfather helped thousands of French Jews escape the Holocaust, while her British paternal grandmother campaigned against antisemitism as a volunteer air-raid warden and helped Jews from across Europe seek refuge in Britain. The title of the film borrows from the Talmud’s dictum that “Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.” (Photo: Wikimedia / Creative Commons License)


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