Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War



    A Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky film, released as a PBS documentary and airing on 9/20/16, Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War is the story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, a young Unitarian minister and his wife who undertook secret missions in Nazi-occupied Europe to rescue Jews, dissidents and refugee children at great personal sacrifice.

    Those missions by the Sharps, in 1939 and 1940, were the first undertaken by
the new Unitarian Service Committee – which was founded by members of The First Church in Belmont. That heroic rescue effort continued until the end of the war.

This film is a powerful reminder of the never-ending refugee crisis which continues to cry out for our attention.

Join the Social Action Committee, UUSC and the Adult Programs Committees for discussion and refreshments following the 90-minute film.

This week Nicholas Kristof added his voice to urge everyone to see this film.

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