Story of Courage and Rescue during World War II to be Shown at Venues Around the Country
Two Who Dared: The Sharps' War, a No Limits Media project, is being shown around the country at churches, synagogues and theaters to mark Yom Hashoah. The grandson of Martha and Waitstill Sharp directs and produces this remarkable story of courage and rescue.
Sherborn, MA (PRWEB) April 08, 2013
Fourteen year old Artemis Joukowsky had no idea the role his grandparents played during World War II until he began to interview his grandmother, Martha Sharp, for a homework assignment. Flash forward a few decades, and the documentary, Two Who Dared: The Sharps' War, a film that was ten years in the making, is now being released through a grassroots effort at churches, synagogues and theaters worldwide. The film will be shown in venues from coast to coast in the next few weeks, to commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah. The film will have its official premiere at the Boston International Film Festival on April 14th at 1 pm at the Loews / AMC Cineplex in Boston. Attend a local screening and dare to be inspired by this remarkable story of courage and sacrifice. For additional screenings, visit the Two Who Dared website: http://www.twowhodared.com
TWO WHO DARED tells the story of a Unitarian minister, Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha who, just days prior to the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia, left their young children in Wellesley, Massachusetts to help save thousands being persecuted in Eastern Europe.
Who were these American heroes? What drove their willingness to put the wellbeing of strangers over that of themselves and their family? What would you dare to do in order to help just one other person?
Screenings include two screenings in the New York City area:
“Come Into The Circle”
The Workmen's Circle
Wednesday, April 10 @ 7:00pm
No reservations necessary. Open to the public and no charge.
For information call: 212-889-6800 x804
247 West 37th Street, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10018
First Unitarian Congregational Society of Brooklyn
at the Chapel on Pierrepont Street
Wednesday, April 10 @ 7:00 pm
For information call: 718-788-8698
48 Monroe Place, Brooklyn, NY 11201
And two screenings in New England in the next few days:
First Parish in Needham Unitarian Universalist
In the Sanctuary
Wednesday, April 10 at 7:30 pm
For information call: 781-444-0823
23 Dedham Ave, Needham, MA 02492
The Lodge at Otter Creek
Thursday, April 11th
42 Amory Lane, Middlebury, VT 05753
For information call: 802-458-3376
There are also screenings across the country:
Unitarian Universalists of San Mateo
Thursday, April 11th at 7 pm
Discussion and Dessert Social to follow film
For information call: 650-342-5946
300 East Santa Inez Ave, San Mateo, CA 94401
All Faiths Unitarian Congregation Church
Thursday, April 11th at 6:30 pm
For information call: 239-226-0900
2756 McGregor Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33901
Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist
Friday, April 12th at 7 pm
For information call: 847-359-8440
1025 N. Smith Road, Palatine, IL 60067
And two screenings in Rochester, New York at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, NY on April 11th and 13th , both at 7:30 pm.
One of the children who was rescued by Martha Sharp will be on hand to answer questions after the film.
For information call: 585-865-5918
220 S. Winton Road, Rochester, NY 14610
In February 1939, Waitstill Sharp, a young Unitarian minister from Boston, and his wife Martha left for Czechoslovakia on a refugee mission. The Unitarian church was already a step in front of the Nazis, having set up a secretive network of volunteers and agencies to secure the safe passage of both Jews and non-Jews out of Prague. The task became even more difficult when on March 15, 1939 the Nazis entered Prague. For the next five months, the Sharps continued their work undaunted by the presence of the Gestapo and the possibility that they would be arrested or killed. In August 1939, the couple left Prague and headed back to the United States, barely escaping arrest.
Only 10 months later, the Sharps returned to Europe on their second mission, setting up a refugee office in Lisbon, Portugal. Eventually, they made their way to Nazi-controlled France, to find ways to help refugees escape. In an elaborate plan, the Sharps helped a renowned German-Jewish author, Lion Feuchtwanger, and his wife escape to New York via Spain. Finally, in December 1940, after rescuing a plethora of people from the horrors of Nazi persecution, Waitstill and Martha Sharp returned to the United States. Following the war, Martha Sharp remained very active in efforts to assist the Jews around the world and the establishment of Israel.
Director Artemis Joukowsky is proud to present this remarkable story of courage, documenting the lives of Reverend Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha is told from the point of view of Martha and Waitstill, drawing on their recorded interviews, letters and unpublished memoirs. The film also includes interviews with children rescued and noted scholars.
TWO WHO DARED: THE SHARPS' WAR is a project of No Limits Media, Inc., a 501 (c) (3) organization. Founded in 2001, No Limits Media (NLM) is a multimedia development and production company dedicated to informing and entertaining the estimated 20% of the U.S. population that directly lives with a disability.
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