My Train to Freedom: A Jewish Boy’s Journey from Nazi Europe to a Life of Activism

Sep 25, 2017

As a boy growing up in Czechoslovakia, Ivan Backer escaped the Holocaust. In this hour of River to River, Backer recounts how his family fled Europe during World War II.

Ivan Backer as a young boy

Backer is the author of My Train to Freedom: A Jewish Boy’s Journey from Nazi Europe to a Life of Activism, in which he opens up about the day he fled Prague under Nazi occupation. He talks about Nicholas Winton, the man on who organized the Kindertransport trains that saved Backer and more than six-hundred other children.

On September 27, Backer will speak at the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library in Cedar Rapids. The event is free, but the museum is asking attendees to RSVP.