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Redding To Screen Film On Connecticut's Brush With Nazis

Click above to see the trailer for "Home of the Brave: When Southbury Said 'No' to the Nazis," which will be shown in Redding Thursday.
Click above to see the trailer for "Home of the Brave: When Southbury Said 'No' to the Nazis," which will be shown in Redding Thursday. Video Credit: Sniffen Pictures

REDDING, Conn. – Redding will host a screening of “Home of the Brave: When Southbury Said ‘No’ to the Nazis” along with a question-and-answer session with director Scot Sniffen on Thursday evening at Joel Barlow High School.

Before World War II broke out in Europe, a group with ties to the Nazis called the German American Bund set out to establish settlements in the United States. In 1937, residents of Southbury voted to create a zoning commission, which effectively blocked the group from continuing its plans to build a camp in the town. It is believed that Southbury’s response was the only townwide action against these camps in the U.S.

“Home of the Brave” tells the story behind the local movement to block the Nazi settlement. Sniffen, a Southbury resident, shot and released the film last fall to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the original events of the film. It is currently a selection for the Connecticut Film Festival and has also played at festivals in Washington, D.C., and Boston.

The event is a joint presentation of the Mark Twain Library, Temple B’Nai Chaim and The Redding Education Foundation. The screening of “Home of the Brave” is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 9, in the auditorium of Joel Barlow High School. Tickets are $10 at the door or through the Mark Twain Library website.

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