First Unitarian Church of Portland to Preview World War II Documentary; Remarkable Story of Rescue and Fight for Freedom

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Martha and Waitstill Sharp leave their small children behind to go to Europe to save imperiled Jews and refugees during the early days of World War II. Their grandson, Artemis Joukowsky, III, brings this story to life in his award-winning documentary, presented at the UU Church of Portland, sponsored by No Limits Media.

Two Who Dared: The Sharps' War

"Our mission is to inspire the next generation of Martha and Waitstill Sharps. Share your story of when you dared to make a difference!"

Artemis Joukowsky, III, Filmmaker and grandson of the Sharps

The First Unitarian Church of Portland will host a special screening of the documentary Two Who Dared: The Sharps' War on Friday, March 22, 2013. Two Who Dared tells the story of two of the founders of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, 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? Come find out and share your own story of when you dared to make a difference!

DATE/TIME:         Friday, March 22, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

LOCATION:         Eliot Chapel
First Unitarian Church
1011 SW 12th St.
Portland, OR 97205

COST:         None

PROGRAM:        Film introduced by Rev. Bill Sinkford
            Dessert Reception after film in Channing Room

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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.

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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