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Defying the Nazis


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Artemis Joukowsky 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 Defying the Nazis- The Sharps' War.


"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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