Resources for Understanding the American Couple Who Rescued Jews from Nazis

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Here are some resources to help you understand the world of refugees from the Nazis and the American couple that risked their lives to help save them.

WNYC’s Leonard Lopate talked to Filmmakers Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky to discuss their new film,“Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War.” The new documentary tells the story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, a Unitarian minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who risked their lives to save Jews and other refugees from the Nazis. You can listen to the interview here:

The documentary premiers Tuesday Sept. 20 at 9 PM on PBS (Channel 13). Here is a preview of the film:

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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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