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PBS to air film of American couple that defied Nazis
In this April 14, 2016 file photo, Ken Burns attends the 2016 Room To Grow Benefit, to support babies born into poverty, at Tribeca Three Sixty in New York. (Photo by Christopher Smith/Invision/AP)
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PBS will air a film in September about an American couple that spent two years rescuing Jews in Europe before and after the start of World War II, made by the couple's grandson with documentarian Ken Burns.

The 90-minute film, scheduled to air Sept. 20, tells of Unitarian minister Waitsill Sharp and his wife, Martha. The Wellesley, Massachusetts, couple helped save hundreds of people in 1939 and 1940, risking imprisonment and death if discovered by the Nazis.

Burns called it "one of the most incredible tales of compassion, sacrifice and heroism" he'd heard of, and was unaware of them until the Sharps' grandson, Artemis Joukowsky, told him. Joukowsky has written a companion book that will be out Sept. 6.

Tom Hanks provides the voice of Waitsill Sharp in the film.