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Artemis Joukowsky, III
Two Who Dared Director and grandson of the Sharps.
Natick, MA (PRWEB) April 02, 2013
The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN) will screen Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Monday, April 8th at 7 pm. This day, also known as Yom Hashoah, is not just about remembering those who were lost but also those whose acts of heroism helped save lives. This interfaith story of courage focuses on the little-known story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, a Unitarian minister and his wife, who traveled to Prague at the onset of World War II to aid and assist thousands of refugees.
TCAN is located at 14 Summer Street in Natick, Massachusetts. For tickets and information, please call: 508.647.0097 or visit the website: Natickarts.org
In February 1939, Waitstill Sharp, a young Unitarian minister from Wellesley, 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.
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wife Martha is told from the point of view of Martha and Waitstill, drawing on their recorded interviews, letters and unpublished memoirs.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.
TCAN provides a cultural center for the MetroWest Boston area, where national and emerging artists present performances, literary events and art exhibitions in an environment that brings together individuals and families, children and seniors. TCAN’s historic (c. 1875) Summer Street Firehouse building has been carefully restored as a theater, art gallery and community center with space to accommodate art exhibits and business offices.
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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