Free Screening of New Ken Burns Documentary on Unitarian Couple Saving Refugees from Nazis


Premiere screening of the documentary “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War” produced by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky at Shelter Rock Unitarian on Tuesday Sept. 20 at 7 PM! During the 1930s and into World War II, Unitarian minister Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha undertook vital missions in Nazi-occupied Europe to rescue Jews, dissidents, and refugee children at great personal risk. Islamophobia and the worldwide refugee crisis are modern day parallels to the bigotry the Sharps fought against. After the film, UUCSR members and guests will discuss how to continue the Sharps’ legacy by defying hate and standing for fundamental human rights. A reception will follow. Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock, Worship Room, 48 Shelter Rock Road, Manhasset, NY. Call 516-627-6560 for details or visit Open to the public; free of charge.


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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.

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