Defying the Nazis and Beyond

Answer the Call: Defying the Nazis and the Refugee Crisis - September 20, 2016, Community Church of New York

Panelists look on as the Sharps Rescuer Prize is awarded at the "Answer the Call: Defying the Nazis and the Refugee Crisis" event on September 20, 2016 at Community Church of New York City.

Answer the Call: Defying the Nazis and the Refugee Crisis

Watch Ken Burns and panelists connect the Sharps' story with today's global refugee crisis, the worst since WWII.

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Broadcast Recap

On September 20, 2016, millions of Americans tuned in to watch Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War on PBS. The film by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky tells the courageous story of two Unitarians who helped hundreds escape from Nazi-occupied Europe. And today, Unitarian Universalists have been energized to carry on the Sharps’ legacy, defying hate and fear in our own time. Check out the highlights below from the weeks leading up to the broadcast.

Media Coverage

Defying the Nazis received great coverage in print, TV and radio. Over 450 media placements created 1.1 billion impressions, sharing the Sharps’ inspiring story far and wide. Here are a few examples, which connect the film to the ongoing issues of human rights, tolerance and refugees:

Congregations Taking Action

Over fifty UU congregations have posted events that defy hatred in fear in their communities and connect with the Sharps’ story. There have been watch parties, preach-ins, screenings, solidarity events and community conversations, including a screening at the UU Fellowship of Paris. It’s not too late to add your event to the list! Hundreds of people and congregations have also downloaded the Congregational Action Guide (PDF).

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