My Grandparents’ War: Helena Bonham Carter

Preview: “Helena Bonham Carter”

Premiered Sunday, April 4 at 8 p.m. on PBS (check local listings), pbs.org and the PBS Video app

Helena Bonham Carter’s grandparents—two in France, two in England—weren’t conventional war heroes. They didn’t fight in any battles but did save countless lives. Bonham Carter explores the story of her maternal grandfather, Eduardo Propper de Callejón. A Spanish diplomat, de Callejón defied his government’s orders by issuing visas to help Jewish people escape the Holocaust as the Nazis invaded France. She learns her paternal grandmother, Lady Violet Bonham Carter, took her own stand against anti-Semitism. A mother of four and a liberal politician, Violet was also ahead of her time, volunteering as an air raid warden and campaigning for women’s rights.

Clip: Helena Bonham Carter Reads A Letter From The Past

Actress Helena Bonham Carter learns about her late family member’s life as he describes his days trapped in enemy territory in a letter.

Full Episode: “Helena Bonham Carter”

Follow actress Helena Bonham Carter as she explores the heroism of both sets of her grandparents during WWII—her grandmother, an air warden and outspoken politician, and her grandfather, a diplomat who save hundreds from the Holocaust.