NORTH SALT LAKE - It’s a chance to honor the heroes of WWII, including one with a special tie to North Salt Lake.
NSL Reads, a new city-wide reading program, will bring its first year to a close with a special screening of “Truth and Conviction,” a documentary about three WWII resistance fighters, on Sept. 4 from 6-9 p.m. at city hall. There will also be a panel discussion with director Matt Whitaker and Joan Schnibbe, the widow of one of the resistance fighters who later moved to North Salt Lake.
“When we discovered the tie between these three and North Salt Lake, we thought it would be an honor to learn more about these people and their impact on the world,” said Lori Seppi, the chair of NSL Reads.
“Truth and Conviction” tells the story of three LDS teenagers in Germany who became resistance fighters in Nazi Germany. Though leader Helmuth Hubener was captured and killed by the Nazis, his two friends escaped and made it to America. One of the boys, Karl Heinz-Schnibbe, eventually settled in Davis County and has since passed away.
Still, his words live on. Whitaker, who was the screenwriter for the first “Saints and Soldiers” and the second and third “Work and the Glory” movies, made a documentary with Heinz-Schnibbe in 2002.
When Seppi and other organizers discovered the documentary, they knew it had to be a part of their inaugural NSL Reads program.
“At that point, we just new what we had to do,” she said. “This was a great opportunity to bring the community together.”
Participants in NSL Reads have been focusing on WWII-related titles all summer. Adults read “Unbroken,” by Laura Hillenbrand, while youth read “The Boy Who Dared” by Susan Campbell Bartoleti and kids read Patricia Polacco’s “The Butterfly.”
“We were pretty excited about it,” said Seppi. “We don’t have a library, but we had a lot of people interested in reading together and having that community experience.”
Several residents also took part in an essay competition based around the theme of “We Shall Never Surrender: Essays of Courage, Perseverance and Sacrifice.” The winners of the contest will be announced at the Sept. 4 event at 6:30 p.m. Prizes will also be awarded.
For more information, visit nslcity.org and click on the “City Events and NSL Live” link on the left-hand side of the screen. NSL Reads is a subcommittee of NSL Live, a group that organizes community events for the city.