Defying the Nazis

Defying the Nazis

Screening Event ~ About the Film ~ Resources for Educators ~ Images

Screening Event

ideastream is holding a screening event of DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS’ WAR on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 6pm – 8pm.

The screening event will also include a panel discussion about themes explored in the film. Panelists include:

  • Rev. Joe Cherry, Unitarian Universality Society of Cleveland
  • Erika Gold, Holocaust survivor from Hungary

About the Film

DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS’ WAR
A film by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky, III

DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS’ WAR tells the story of a daring rescue mission that occurred on the precipice of World War II. It tells the previously untold account of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, an American minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who left their children behind in the care of their parish and boldly committed to a life-threatening mission in Europe. Over two dangerous years they helped save scores of imperiled Jews and refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation across Europe. 

The film is a 90-minute documentary that will premiere in September 2016 nationally on all PBS stations. The film is directed by Artemis Joukowsky, III and legendary filmmaker Ken Burns serves as Producer, Executive Producer, and Presenter of the project. Tom Hanks and humanitarian Marina Goldman are the featured actors in the film, lending their voices to Waitstill and Martha Sharp. Beacon Press will also publish a companion book by the same name in September 2016. 

Credits

A Co-Production of NO LIMITS MEDIA, Inc. and Florentine Films, in association with WETA, Washington, DC. A film by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky, III. Produced by Matthew Justus and Ken Burns. © 2016 Farm Pond Pictures, LLC All Rights Reserved

Funding Credits

Funding is provided by members of the Better Angels Society, including Jan and Rick Cohen and Jonathan and Jeannie Lavine; The Starr Foundation; The Threshold Foundation; and donations from individuals.

Print Materials Credit:

DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS' WAR is a co-production of NO LIMITS MEDIA, Inc., and Florentine Films, in association with WETA Washington, D.C.

Resources for Educators

Facing History and Ourselves is a nonprofit international educational and professional development organization with a mission to engage students of diverse backgrounds in an examination of racism, prejudice, and antisemitism in order to promote the development of a more humane and informed society. The organization has put together some resources tied directly to the film that can help students deepen their understanding of the dilemmas involved in the fim.

Access the resources provided by Facing History and Ourselves.

Images

Martha and Waitstill Sharp, 1942. [Credit: Sharp Family Archives]

Portrait of Martha Sharp from her congressional campaign, 1946. [Credit: Sharp Family Archives]

Waitstill and Martha Sharp at the Christening of their son Hastings, 1932. [Credit: Sharp Family Archives]

Martha and Watistill Sharp departing New York Harbor for Prague (via London), 1939. [Credit: Sharp Family Archives]

Martha Sharp presents a train load of powdered milk to the Mayor of Pau, France, 1940. [Credit: Sharp Family Archives]

A young female refugee France, photographed by Martha Sharp, 1940. [Credit: Sharp Family Archives]

Refugees in France, photographed by Martha Sharp, 1940. [Credit: Sharp Family Archives]

Refugees in France, photographed by Martha Sharp, 1940. [Credit: Sharp Family Archives]

From left: Martha Sharp, Hastings Sharp, Waitstill Sharp, and Martha Content Sharp, 1947. [Credit: Sharp Family Archives]

Martha and Waitstill Sharp at home in Wellesley, MA., 1938. [Credit: Sharp Family Archives]

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