Medal of Valor to be bestowed on Martha and Waitstill Sharp on June 11th by Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles

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No Limits Media is proud to announce that Martha and Waitstill Sharp will be awarded the Medal of Valor by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in LA on June 11th. The documentary film, Two Who Dared: The Sharps' War, tells the story of this courageous couple who left their children behind in the care of their parish while they went to Europe in 1939 to rescue other people's children.

Martha and Waitstill Sharp embark on their first mission to Prague, 1939

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 11th, at a sold-out event, the Simon Wiesenthal Center will bestow the Medal of Valor upon Martha and Waitstill Sharp, 75 years after their heroic mission to save imperiled refugees in war-torn Europe. Accepting the award will be their grandson, Artemis Joukowsky, who also directed the film, Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War, which tells the remarkable story of their sacrifice and heroism.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is a global Jewish human rights organization that confronts anti-Semitism, hate and terrorism, promotes human rights and dignity, stands with Israel, defends the safety of Jews worldwide, and teaches the lessons of the Holocaust for future generations:

Headquartered in Los Angeles, the Simon Wiesenthal Center maintains offices in New York, Toronto, Miami, Chicago, Paris, Buenos Aires, and Jerusalem.

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.

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