This lesson examines Martha Sharps' efforts to bring refugee children from wartime France to the United States. Check it out! #sharpswarpbs @facinghistory @defyingthenazi
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After an abbreviated screening of the film, Directors Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky answer questions from USHMM Director Sara Bloomfield and audience members. Watch the powerful discussion here.
Directors Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky were joined by Jerry Abramson, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs at the White House, Anthony J. Blinken, Deputy Secretary of State, and Avril Haines, Deputy National Security Advisor. The discussion, moderated by Michael Abramowitz, Director of the Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the USHMM, focused on the Sharps' sacrifice and the actions we take in the global refugee crisis today--the largest since WWII.
Catherine and Amelie, two women who were escorted out of Prague by Martha Sharp as children, speak about the meaning of the Sharps' sacrifice to their own lives.
Inspired by the brave work of Martha and Waitstill Sharp in helping rescue those fleeing oppressive regimes, Defying the Nazis is committed to being a part of a sustainable and responsive humanitarian system to help refugees. Please see the White House press release below for more information on the global refugee crisis.
The immediate cause of Unitarian intervention in overseas evil was the desperate situation in Prague. What are we going to do? Those are our friends! Their plight was desperate, absolutely desperate. The houses were being rifled, people were being beaten up, and their lives were made intolerable, miserable, with nobody to help them at all. That was the inspiration, and that was the story, of the work.