Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War is an account of a daring rescue mission that occurred on the precipice of World War II. It tells the story of Waitstill & 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 multiple life-threatening missions in Europe. Over two dangerous years they helped to save hundreds of imperiled political dissidents and Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation across Europe.
#SharpsWarPBS in the News
They risked their lives to rescue scores of people from the Nazis. Few knew their story until now.
Would You Hide a Jew from the Nazis?
Nicholas Kristof, NYTimes
Defying the Nazis on Charlie Rose
Meet the American Couple Who Saved Refugees from Nazis During WWII
Unitarians' Long View on Activism
Ken Burns Chronicles Heroes in PBS' 'Defying the Nazis'
Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War
PBS - Pressroom
How Ken Burns Polished a 'Diamond in the Rough'
Beacon Preps for PBS Tie-In
USHMM Special Preview
Exhibition Featuring Documents of Martha and Waitstill Sharp
A HYMN FOR THE BRAVE : the Sharps and Humanitarian Work in World War II is an exhibition featuring professional documents and personal records from the Martha and Waitstill Sharp Collection and the Robert Cloutman and Elisabeth Anthony Dexter papers, on view in Brown University’s John Hay Library from September 19 – December 23, 2016.
We Who Defy Hate
UUA Action Project
As we witness ideological divide and xenophobic, inflammatory rhetoric in the news, the need for collaborative work between groups from different faith traditions to heal ailing society is growing stronger every day. However, learning how to work peacefully together toward action is often hard & complicated.
The Fahs Collaborative at Meadville Lombard Theological School (Unitarian Universalist) has developed a curriculum, We Who Defy Hate: An Interfaith Preparation for Social Justice Action, to help communities engage and bring societal change. It is created in the context of our film, Defying the Nazis.
How are you carrying on the Sharps' legacy by defying hatred and discrimination today? Islamophobia and the Syrian refugee crisis are modern day parallels to the bigotry the Sharps fought against. Download tools and materials to help plan events and projects, and add your action to the map below.
Join the #WeDefy email list to get regular updates through the film's release. And for tools, tips and resources that go beyond the film screenings: Congregational Action Guide & Building Bridges: Refugee Support and Advocay Toolkit (UUSC).