Feb-05 9:45pm SBS-TV: My grandparents’ war

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Both sets of Helena Bonham Carter’s grandparents, one in France, one in England, weren’t conventional war heroes.

They didn’t fight in any battles but did save countless lives. Helena explores the story of her maternal grandfather Eduardo Propper de Callejón. A Spanish diplomat, Eduardo defied his government’s orders and helped Jewish people escape the Holocaust as the Nazi’s invaded France. Helena learns her paternal grandmother Lady Violet Bonham Carter took her own stand against anti-Semitism. A mother of four and liberal politician, Violet was also ahead of her times volunteering as an air raid warden and campaigning for women’s rights.

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