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They Risked Their Lives to Rescue Scores of People from the Nazis. Few Knew Their Story Until Now.
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Jewish Telegraphic Agency
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Ken Burns explores Unitarians' WWII Story
Ken Burns Chronicles Heroes in PBS' 'Defying the Nazis'
Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War
PBS - Pressroom
Beacon Preps for PBS Tie-In
Kirkus Review Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War
"A clear, unpretentious volume that justly celebrates a couple who risked all for others."
Review: 'Defying the Nazis': An American Couple on a Rescue Mission
New York Times
Defying the Nazis with Heroism and Courage
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New Ken Burns Film Spotlights Little-Known Holocaust Rescuers
Jewish Telegraphic Agency
WWII Humanitarian Effort Inspires Family's Relief Mission
In 'Defying the Nazis," Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky document a remarkably inspiring story
Humanitarians Invited to White House
Great Neck Record
US Holocaust Museum Event
White House Panel Discussion
The White House: Screening and Conference on Refugees and Defying The Nazis
A Note from the White House Office of Public Engagement:
Earlier this week, more than 150 community leaders, students, scholars, advocates, Holocaust survivors, and refugees gathered in the White House to watch an abbreviated version of filmmakers’ Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky’s new documentary, Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War.
The film chronicles the heroic efforts of Waitstill and Martha Sharp to save Jewish refugees and dissidents fleeing Nazi persecution in Eastern Europe at the dawn of World War II. The Sharps directly helped over 100 people escape and had a role in helping more than 2,000 people avoid deportation to Nazi death camps.
Jerry Abramson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, provided opening remarks before the screening on the significance of the Sharp family’s story. At the film’s conclusion, descendants of the Sharp family and the people they saved stood up to a room full of applause. Michael Abramowitz of the Holocaust Museum continued the conversation by moderating a panel discussion with Ken Burns, Artemis Joukowsky, Deputy Secretary of State Tony Blinken, and Deputy National Security Advisor Avril Haines about the film’s lasting lessons in the context of today’s global displacement crisis – the worst since World War II with 65 million people displaced worldwide, including 21 million people displaced across borders as refugees.
Next Tuesday, President Barack Obama will host a Leaders’ Summit on the margins of the United Nations General Assembly to galvanize significant new commitments to address the global refugee crisis. The Sharp family’s story is an important reminder of the profound difference we can all make in the lives of others.
Watch the full panel discussion by clicking HERE.
Shabbat Shalom, and have a great weekend.
The White House | Office of Public Engagement