Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War

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Martha and Rev. Waitstill Sharp, WWII Unitarians

PBS is now streaming “Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War,” a compelling documentary from Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky.  Watch the full episode online» and explore an interactive map.

This 90-minute film explores the lives of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, a Unitarian minister and his wife from Wellesley, Massachusetts, who left their children behind in 1939 to help refuges and dissidents escape from Nazis in Eastern Europe. The film is told through letters and journals of the Sharps with Tom Hanks providing the voice of Waitstill and Marina Goldman as the voice of Martha. The film also features commentary from some of the leading Holocaust scholars.

Read MORE» about UUA’s connection with this project.