Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) April 05, 2013
The Simon Wiesenthal Center and its Museum of Tolerance (MOT) will preview the documentary film, Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War, on both coasts next week, prior to its official premiere at the Boston International Film Festival. First, the Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles will host the film on April 7th and then the Museum of Tolerance in New York will screen the film on April 11th.
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?
The Los Angeles event on Sunday, April 7th will be a special screening in commemoration of Holocaust Remembrance Day, or Yom HaShoah. Following the film, Artemis Joukowsky, III, Director and grandson of the Sharps, will be available to discuss this remarkable story of courage and sacrifice.
Details: April 7th at 7 pm (PST):
Museum of Tolerance, Los Angeles
9786 Pico Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90035
There is no charge but please register on-line at:
The second MOT screening will be in New York on Thursday, April 11th, This is the first screening of Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War that is open to the public in New York City.
Details: April 11th at 6:30 pm (EST):
Museum of Tolerance, New York
226 East 42nd Street
New York, NY 10017
(212) 697-1180 ext. 102
Tickets are available for $15 per person at:
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.
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.
MOT stands for Museum of Tolerance, the only museum of its kind in the world. It is the educational arm of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an internationally renowned human rights organization dedicated to promoting respect and mutual understanding, through education, community partnerships, and civic engagement.
The Museum of Tolerance New York, in the heart of Manhattan, is a professional development multi-media training facility targeting educators, law enforcement officials, and state/local government practitioners.
Modeled after the successful Tools for Tolerance Program at the Museum of Tolerance in Los Angeles, the Tolerance Center provides participants with an intense educational and experiential daylong training program. Through interactive workshops, exhibits, and videos, individuals explore issues of prejudice, diversity, tolerance, and cooperation in the workplace and in the community.
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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