Two Who Dared, a Previously Untold Story of Courage and Compassion, Hits Screens Across North America This Spring

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No Limits Media presents Two Who Dared: The Sharps' War; being shown at churches, synagogues and theaters across the country and in Canada this spring. A Unitarian Minister and his wife leave their children in the care of their parish in Wellesley, MA, to head to Prague to save imperiled refugees throughout Europe in early 1939.

Two Who Dared: The Sharps' War

"I continued to be impressed by the Sharps' courage, intelligence, and commitment in a time and place of utter chaos and terror."
Frances Sink, UU Society of Stamford, CT

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 on moral courage. Flash forward a few decades, and the documentary based on her story, 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.

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 imperiled refugees being persecuted in Europe.

Who were these American heroes? What drove their willingness to put the well-being of strangers over that of themselves and their family? What would you dare to do in order to help just one other person?

Attend a local screening and dare to be inspired by this remarkable story of courage and sacrifice:

Thursday, April 18th at 7 pm:
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Clearwater, FL
Octagon Arts Center
2470 Nursery Rd
Clearwater, FL 33764
For more information: 727-531-7704

Friday, April 19th at 7 pm:
Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta
Chapin Memorial Church
12 Ford Avenue,
Oneonta, NY 13820
For more information: 607-432-3491

Friday, April 19th at 7 pm:
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mankato
937 Charles Avenue
Mankato, MN 56001
For more information: 507-388-5022

Friday, April 19th at 7:30 pm:
Unitarian Church of Calgary
1703 First Street N.W.,
Calgary, Alberta, Canada, T2M 4P4

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.

Artemis Joukowsky, Director and grandson of the Sharps, is proud to present this remarkable story of courage, documenting the lives of Reverend Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha. Told from their personal point of view, the film draws on their recorded interviews, letters and unpublished memoirs, and also includes interviews with children rescued and noted scholars.

Two Who Dared: The Sharps's 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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