Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) May 31, 2013
Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War is the never-before-told American story of moral courage that will inspire the next generation of people to stand up for others.
On Wednesday, June 5th, Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War will be screened at the 8th annual Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival (LAJFF). One of the goals of the LAJFF is to find and present thought-provoking films that will engage and build bridges between the Jewish community and the broader multi-ethnic fabric of Los Angeles. Two Who Dared is one such film. When Martha and Waitstill Sharp received a call one cold February 1939 evening, little did they know that that conversation would change their lives and the lives of their community forever.
Date/Time: Wednesday, June 5th at 7:30 pm
Venue: Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills
8844 Burton Way
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
For more information, contact: Hilary Helstein at 213-368-1661 or info(at)lajfilmfest(dot)org.
To purchase tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/385239
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' 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.
For more information, please visit the website: http://www.twowhodared.com.