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Defying the Nazis

Andover Harvard Theological Library
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. Their grandson, the filmmaker Artemis Joukowsky, created a documentary that explores their incredible work. He joined us to talk about how the Sharp’s actions saved hundreds and altered the course of their own lives. (Rebroadcast)

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War premiered last fall on PBS. It was co-directed and co-produced by Artemis Joukowsky and Ken Burns. It's available for streaming on Amazon and on iTunes.

Joukowsky has also written a book of the same name. [Independent Bookstores|Amazon|Audible]