DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS’ WAR recounts the story of a daring rescue mission that occurred on the precipice of World War II. It tells the previously untold account of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, an American 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 save scores of imperiled Jews and refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation across Europe.
The film is a 90 minute documentary that airs on September 20th 2016 at 9 p.m. on PBS. It is a co-production of No Limits Media and Florentine Films. Co-directed by No Limits co-founder Artemis Joukowsky and Ken Burns, the film features the voices of Tom Hanks and Marina Goldman as Waitstill and Martha Sharp.
In conjunction with the national broadcast, No Limits has created programming, education, and outreach that will promote discussion about the Holocaust, social justice, ethics and human rights across all social, political and faith traditions. Our partners at The Hillel House, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum (USHMM), Facing History and Ourselves, The Anti-Defamation League (ADL), The White House, the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, and many other institutions are coordinating to have the greatest possible audience for this movie, book and curriculums. The USHMM, a key partner, has a traveling program series running nationwide now.