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Artemis Joukowsky Ken Burns
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Defying The Nazis

Artemis Joukowsky Ken Burns


Beacon Press

Autobiography: historical, political & military;
Genocide & ethnic cleansing;
Second World War;
Christian mission & evangelism


288 pages

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Official companion to the Ken Burns film premiering September 20, 2016, on PBS tells the little-known story of the Sharps, an otherwise ordinary couple whose faith and commitment to social justice inspired them to undertake dangerous rescue and relief missions across war-torn Europe, saving the lives of countless refugees, political dissidents, and Jews on the eve of World War II.

In 1939, Rev. Waitstill Sharp, a young Unitarian minister, and his wife, Martha, a social worker, accepted a mission from the American Unitarian Association: they were to leave their home and young children in Wellesley, Massachusetts, and travel to Prague, Czechoslovakia, to help address the mounting refugee crisis. Armed with only $40,000, the Sharps quickly learned the art of spy craft and covertly sheltered political dissidents and Jews, and helped them escape the Nazis. After narrowly avoiding the Gestapo themselves, the Sharps returned to Europe in 1940 as representatives of the newly formed Unitarian Service Committee and continued their relief efforts in Vichy France.

This compulsively readable true story offers readers a rare glimpse at high-stakes international relief efforts during WWII. "Defying the Nazis" is a fascinating portrait of resistance as told through the story of one courageous couple.

By:   Artemis Joukowsky, Ken Burns
Imprint:   Beacon Press
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 229mm,  Width: 152mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   567g
ISBN:   9780807071823
ISBN 10:   080707182X
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   September 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

<b>Artemis Joukowsky </b> is an author, filmmaker, and socially conscious venture capitalist. He is the grandson of Waitstill and Martha Sharp and has spent decades researching his grandparents heroic rescue missions in Europe. He is also codirector, with Ken Burns, of the companion PBS documentary film <i>Defying the Nazis: The Sharps War</i>.

-A clear, unpretentious volume that justly celebrates a couple who risked all for others.---Kirkus Reviews -Defying the Nazis hooks you, catches you up in the narrative, and pulls you along by all the elements of great storytelling...It reads like a spy novel, but it's all true.---Ken Burns -This gripping tale of intrigue and courage, of love's power and its loss, is both entertaining and inspiring. Heroes are often thought to be super-human. But Defying the Nazis proves that true heroes emerge not from the pages of comic books but the halls of everyday life. The common denominator is a stubborn faith in humanity and a conviction that the shape of history is ultimately in each of our hands.---William F. Schulz, president of the UUA, 1985-1993; executive director of Amnesty International USA, 1994-2006; and president of the UUSC, 2010-2016

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