Oak Bluffs Public Library to Screen WWII Documentary TWO WHO DARED, 8/31
Fourteen-year-old Artemis Joukowsky had no idea the heroic role his family played during World War II until he began to interview his grandparents, Martha and Waitstill Sharp, for a homework assignment on moral courage. Flash forward a few decades, and the documentary based on their humble recounting of the 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 across the country and worldwide.
TWO WHO DARED is the previously untold story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, a Unitarian minister and his wife, who left their young children in Wellesley, Massachusetts to help save imperiled refugees being persecuted in Europe, just days prior to the Nazi invasion of Czechoslovakia.
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?
Find out more by attending a screening near you: www.twowhodared.com.
Of special note is the upcoming screening on Saturday, August 31st, at 1:30 pm, when the Oak Bluffs Public Library on Martha's Vineyard will be screening the film in the Meeting Room, located at 56R School St, Oak Bluffs, MA 02568. The program begins at 1:30 pm and the filmmaker, Artemis Joukowsky, will be in attendance for a discussion after the film. For more information, contact: (508) 693-9433.
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.