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Defying the Nazis Product Detail:

  • Publisher : Beacon Press
  • Release : 29 August 2017
  • ISBN : 9780807013021
  • Page : 282 pages
  • Rating : 4/5 from 11 voters

Defying the Nazis Book Summary/Review:

The little-known story of the Sharps whose rescue and relief missions across Europe during World War II saved the lives of countless Jews, refugees, and political dissidents. Official companion to the Ken Burns PBS film. For readers captivated by the story of Antonina Zabinski as told in The Zookeeper's Wife and other stories of rescue missions during WWII, Defying the Nazis is an essential read. In 1939, the Reverend 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. Seventeen ministers had been asked to undertake this mission and had declined; Rev. Sharp was the first to accept the call for volunteers in Europe. Armed with only $40,000, Waitstill and Martha quickly learned the art of spy craft and undertook dangerous rescue and relief missions across war-torn Europe, saving refugees, political dissidents, and Jews on the eve of World War II. 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. A fascinating portrait of resistance as told through the story of one courageous couple, Defying the Nazis offers a rare glimpse at high-stakes international relief efforts during WWII and tells the remarkable true story of a couple whose faith and commitment to social justice inspired them to risk their lives to save countless others.


Defying the Nazis

Defying the Nazis
  • Author : Artemis Joukowsky
  • Publisher : Beacon Press
  • Release Date : 2017-08-29
  • ISBN : 9780807013021
GET THIS BOOKDefying the Nazis

The little-known story of the Sharps whose rescue and relief missions across Europe during World War II saved the lives of countless Jews, refugees, and political dissidents. Official companion to the Ken Burns PBS film. For readers captivated by the story of Antonina Zabinski as told in The Zookeeper's Wife and other stories of rescue missions during WWII, Defying the Nazis is an essential read. In 1939, the Reverend Waitstill Sharp, a young Unitarian minister, and his wife, Martha, a social

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  • Publisher : Random House
  • Release Date : 2014-07-10
  • ISBN : 9781473513037
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A SUNDAY TIMES TOP FIVE BESTSELLER SHORTLISTED FOR THE SAMUEL JOHNSON PRIZE 2014 From the author of the New York Times bestseller A Train in Winter comes the extraordinary story of a French village that helped save thousands who were pursued by the Gestapo during World War II. High up in the mountains of the southern Massif Central in France lies a cluster of tiny, remote villages united by a long and particular history. During the Nazi occupation, the inhabitants of

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  • Publisher : Devora Publishing
  • Release Date : 2003
  • ISBN : 1930143710
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  • Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
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  • ISBN : 9780815410751
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  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2017-05-25
  • ISBN : 9781107175280
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  • Publisher : OUP Oxford
  • Release Date : 2008-04-25
  • ISBN : 9780191557125

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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2016-02-11
  • ISBN : 9781474269353
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Reading a wide range of novels from post-war Germany to Israeli, Palestinian and postcolonial writers, The Politics of Jewishness in Contemporary World Literature is a comprehensive exploration of changing cultural perceptions of Jewishness in contemporary writing. Examining how representations of Jewishness in contemporary fiction have wrestled with such topics as the Holocaust, Israeli-Palestinian relations and Jewish diaspora experiences, Isabelle Hesse demonstrates the 'colonial' turn taken by these representations since the founding of the Jewish state. Following the dynamics of this

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  • Author : Jeffrey H. Jackson
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • Release Date : 2020-11-10
  • ISBN : 9781643751122
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“A Nazi resistance story like none you’ve ever heard or read.” —Hampton Sides, author of Ghost Soldiers and On Desperate Ground "Every page is gripping, and the amount of new research is nothing short of mind-boggling. A brilliant book for the ages!” —Douglas Brinkley, author of American Moonshot A Stonewall Honor Book in Nonfiction Longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction Paper Bullets is the first book to tell the history of an audacious anti-Nazi campaign undertaken

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  • Publisher : Grub Street Publishers
  • Release Date : 2006-08-19
  • ISBN : 9781908117632
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The suspenseful true story of a love that defied Nazi oppression, and a harrowing journey to freedom. In 1945, Ditha Bruncel was living with her parents in the small town of Lossen, in Upper Silesia. Close Jewish friends had vanished, swastikas hung from every building, and neighbors were disappearing in the middle of the night. At the same time more than fifteen hundred British and Commonwealth airmen were being marched out of Stalag Luft VII, a POW camp in the same

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  • Publisher : Columbia University Press
  • Release Date : 2014-02-18
  • ISBN : 9780231166782
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Hundreds of German-speaking film professionals took refuge in Hollywood during the 1930s and 1940s, making a lasting contribution to American cinema. Hailing from Austria, Hungary, Poland, Russia, and the Ukraine, as well as Germany, and including Ernst Lubitsch, Fred Zinnemann, Billy Wilder, and Fritz Lang, these multicultural, multilingual writers and directors betrayed distinct cultural sensibilities in their art. Gerd Gemünden focuses on Edgar G. Ulmer’s The Black Cat (1934), William Dieterle’s The Life of Emile Zola (1937), Ernst Lubitsch’

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  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2021-08-12
  • ISBN : 9781350201576
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This timely volume brings together an international team of leading scholars to explore the ways that women responded to situations of immense deprivation, need, and victimization under Hitler's dictatorship. Paying acute attention to the differences that gender made, Women Defying Hitler examines the forms of women's defiance, the impact these women had, and the moral and ethical dilemmas they faced. Several essays also address the special problems of the memory and historiography of women's history during World War II, and

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  • Author : A. Book A Book by Me,Taylor Beitzel
  • Publisher : CreateSpace
  • Release Date : 2015-08-04
  • ISBN : 1515351521
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As a successful businessman, Ernst Leitz helped hundreds of Jews escape death by creating an escape path out of Nazi Germany. His business manufactured cameras and photography equipment under the Leica brand. He sent Jewish employees abroad to safer places. Besides the employees themselves, Leitz helped their families and some of his Jewish neighbors and business associates flee by moving overseas. Jewish employees received training and permits that allowed them to travel abroad as sales agents for Leica products. Leitz

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  • Publisher : Ad Lib Publishers Ltd
  • Release Date : 2021-12-01
  • ISBN : 9781802470277
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  • Publisher : SPCK
  • Release Date : 2020-01-16
  • ISBN : 9780281083633
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During the Second World War, Christians from many nations and denominations stepped forward with courage, ingenuity and determination to protect and rescue Jews from the Holocaust. In doing so they risked their lives, and many died. Some, such as Corrie ten Boom, are celebrated, but most have been ignored. Historian Tim Dowley tells ten stories of these extraordinary women and men. Prologue Introduction The Nazi Holocaust: A Timeline Chapter 1: A Most Unorthodox Nun: Mother Maria of Paris Chapter 2: Pestilent Priests: