The Jewish Center in New York City Will Present Two Who Dared as Part of Their Tisha B' Av Film Series on July 16th
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 well-being 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 visiting the Two Who Dared website: http://www.twowhodared.com
And don't miss the screening on July 16, 2013 at 4 p.m. at the Jewish Center, located at 131 West 86th Street, New York City, NY, 10024, as a part of their Tisha B'Av film series. For more information, please contact: 212-724-2700 or http://www.thejewishcenter.org.
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.