Interfaith story of rescue and sacrifice during World War II to screen in venues across the Northeast

Eight venues across the Northeast will screen Two Who Dared: The Sharps' War on April 12th and 13th. No Limits Media presents story of Unitarian minister and his wife who leave their own children behind in the care of their parish to aid strangers in Europe during WWII.

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

"Wellesley couple head to Europe to aid imperiled refugees during World War II, leave safety of family and country behind."

Sherborn, MA (PRWEB) April 09, 2013

Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War, a documentary film that was ten years in the making, is now being released through a grassroots effort at churches, synagogues and theaters worldwide. The film will be previewed on April 12th in 8 venues throughout the Northeast, from Halifax, Nova Scotia to Binghamton, New York, and many more screenings are planned throughout the country in the coming weeks. For additional screenings and more information, visit the Two Who Dared website:

http://www.twowhodared.com

The film will have its official premiere at the Boston International Film Festival on April 14th at 1 pm at the Loews / AMC Cineplex in Boston. Attend any of these screenings and dare to be inspired by this remarkable story of courage and sacrifice.

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?

Screenings in the Northeast include:

Friday, April 12th at 1 pm
Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office
United Nations Church Center, 10th Floor
777 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
For information call: 212-986-5165

Friday April 12th at 7 pm
First Parish Milton Unitarian Universalist
535 Canton Avenue
Milton, MA 02186
For information call: 617-698-6329

Friday April 12th at 7 pm
Universalist Unitarian Church of Halifax
5500 Inglis Street,
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
For information call: 902-429-5500

Friday, April 12th at 7 pm
Unitarian Society of New Haven
700 Hartford Turnpike
Hamden, CT 06517
For information call: 203-288-1807

Friday, April 12th at 7 pm
First Church and Parish in Dedham Unitarian Universalist
670 High Street
Dedham , MA 02026
For information call: 781-326-7463

Friday, April 12th at 7 pm
Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Binghamton
183 Riverside Drive
Binghamton, NY 13905
Doors/Refreshments at 6:30 pm, film at 7 pm
For information call: 607-729-1641

Friday, April 12th at 7:45 pm
First Unitarian Church of Providence
One Benevolent Street,
Providence, RI, 02906
For information call: 401-421-7970
Program: A member of the Joukowsky family will attend and be available for questions after the film.

Saturday, April 13th at 7 pm
Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society
2 Duane Court
Middlebury, VT 05753
For information call: 802-388-8080

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.

Director Artemis Joukowsky is proud to present this remarkable story of courage, documenting the lives of Reverend Waitstill Sharp and his wife Martha as 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.

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


Contact

  • Nancy Emrick
    No Limits Media Inc.
    508-650-2077
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