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Defying The Nazis: The Sharps' War
Defying The Nazis: The Sharps' War

Defying The Nazis: The Sharps' War

Ken Burns reveals an American couple’'s secret 1939 mission to help refugees escape Nazis.

1m 22s

Waitstill Explains Money Laundering

Hear Waitstill Sharp's account, narrated by Tom Hanks, of money laundering to help refugees fleeing the Holocaust. He weighed the legal ethics of his actions and ruled that it was more important to save imperiled lives.

0m 36s

Peter's Story

Peter grew up next to the city hall, and remembers seeing Gestapo, people removed from crowds at the embassy, and his parents' fear in World War II era Europe.

2m 21s

Gerda's Story

Gerda Mayer of Vienna recalls saying good bye in 1939 to her parents as she boarded a plane to England as part of the Kindertransport (Children's Transport), a series of rescue missions that saved thousands of Jewish children. The rest of Gerda's family was killed in the Holocaust.

10m 40s

A Willingness to Act

Waitstill and Martha Sharp, along with some of the refugees who they helped rescue, describe their harrowing journey across Nazi-occupied territory on their way to safety in England.

8m 27s

Martha's Emigration Project

Some of the children who were part of Martha Sharp’s emigration project describe their experiences as refugees leaving Europe for America during World War II.

2m 3s

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War | Trailer

DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS’ WAR, co-directed by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky, is about a little-known but important mission by an American minister and his wife to rescue refugees and dissidents in Europe before and after the start of World War II. Airs September 20 at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS. Join the conversation with #SharpsWarPBS.

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Ken Burns Discusses Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War

Ken Burns examines the previously untold account of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, an American minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who left their children behind in the care of their parish and boldly committed to a life-threatening mission in Europe. Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War, is a film by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky.

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Watch Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War

Waitstill and Martha Sharp saved scores of refugees in Europe at the onset of World War II. Discover their story in Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War, by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky.

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Behind the Scenes with Ken Burns

Hear the incredible story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp from co-director Ken Burns. Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War airs Tuesday, September 20, at 9/8c on PBS. Join the conversation with #SharpsWarPBS

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