In Memory of Shimon Peres, Man of Peace

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Shimon Peres in Brazil, 2009. Photo by Elza Fiúza – Agência Brasil, via Wikimedia Commons

With the passing of Shimon Peres, I take the time to reflect on a man who dreamed of peace.  A quick search turns up many laudatory obituaries.

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War Is a Tale of Moral Courage

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Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War is a powerful new film by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky. The film tells of the courageous mission of an American couple in 1939, to assist refugees in escaping Nazi-occupied Europe.  During their two-year mission, Waitstill and Martha Sharp risked their lives so hundreds of Jews would find freedom. It will be shown on PBS on September 20, 9:00 p.m. Eastern Time.
Screenings in New York City are also planned; many other resources and links can be found on this website.
Update, Sunday, September 18: Nicholas Kristof wrote wrote a masterful column, explaining both the background of the Sharps’ true story and why it is relevant today, especially regarding the Syrian refugees – Would You Hide a Jew from the Nazis?