Filmmaker TALK

Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War

Monday, March 27, 7:00 PM
Marsh Chapel, Springfield College, Springfield

From award-winning filmmaker Ken Burns comes the story of a daring rescue mission that occurred on the precipice of World War II. Defying the Nazis tells the previously untold story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, a Unitarian minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who left their children behind in the care of their parish and boldly committed to a life-threatening mission in Europe. Over two dangerous years they helped to save scores of imperiled Jews and refugees fleeing Nazi occupation across Europe.

In 2006, the Sharps were recognized at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem as “Righteous Among the Nations,” the highest honor given by the State of Israel to non-Jews. They are two of only four Americans so honored.

Q&A with director Artemis Joukowsky III (grandson of Waitstill and Martha Sharp).

Documentary | 2016 | 90 minutes
USA | English
Directed by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky III