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Defying the Nazis

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Waitstill and Martha Sharp embark for Czechoslovakia, 1939

In January 1939, Unitarian minister Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha received a call: would they travel to Europe to help Jewish dissidents and refugees under threat of Nazi persecution? While few Americans were paying attention to Hitler’s growing power, the Sharps agreed to the dangerous mission. A new PBS film explores their incredible work, and Wednesday, filmmaker Artemis Joukowsky joins us to talk about how the Sharp’s actions saved hundreds and altered the course of their own lives.

On Tuesday, September 20, the Jewish Community Center in Salt Lake City we'll simulcast the premier of Artemis Joukowsky and Ken Burns' documentary film Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War.  There's a reception at 7:00 p.m., and the screening begins at 8:00 p.m.  It will be followed by a Q-and-A with co-executive producer Deanna Byck. More information

The film will also air on KUED Channel 7 at 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 20. For more information and other scheduled showings, click here.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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