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Connections: The New Documentary, Defying The Nazis

Sep 19, 2016

Our guest is Dr. Alexander Strasser, one of 19 survivors from the Kinder Transport. Strasser's story is part of the new documentary from Ken Burns called Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War. It focuses on a little-known story of an American minister and his wife who rescued refugees and dissidents in Europe before and after the start of World War II.

The 90-minute film tells the story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, a Unitarian minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who left their children behind in the care of their parish, and boldly committed to numerous life-threatening missions in Europe. Over two dangerous years, they helped to save hundreds of imperiled political dissidents and Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation across Europe.

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