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Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War (2016)

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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 previously untold story 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 to save scores of imperiled Jews and refugees fleeing Nazi occupation across Europe. At a time when most Americans were turning a blind eye to the growing social injustice and totalitarian threat in Europe, the Unitarian Universalist Association-alerted to the dire situation by their fellow congregation in Prague-was committed to saving as many people as possible. With narration taken completely from the couple's journals, Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War combines the intrigue of a spy novel with an intimate look into the lives of a husband and wife who were willing to put the well-being of strangers before that of themselves and their family. In 2006, the Sharps were recognized at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem as "Righteous Among the Nations," the highest honor given by the State of Israel to non-Jews. They are two of only four Americans so honored.

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Cast

Tom Hanks
as Waitstill Sharp
Marina Goldman
as Martha Sharp

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"Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War" is a generic documentary about two people who were anything but. Yet even when the film wanes, its subjects still come across as remarkable.

September 8, 2016 | Full Review…

An incredible true story of sacrifice ...

September 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Two Unitarian heroes help Jews escape from the Nazis.

November 13, 2017 | Full Review…

While rescuing Jews has been the subject of a number of fictional films, it takes a documentary to do justice to the decency of Waitstill and Martha Sharp.

September 8, 2016 | Full Review…

Ringing with a vivid moral clarity, 'Defying the Nazis' is a tightly focused documentary that raises an unusually sprawling number of challenging questions for its audience.

September 7, 2016 | Full Review…

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