|Film Screening: "Two Who Dared: The Sharps' War"|
Event Type: Film Screening|
Start Time: 2:00 PM
End Time: 5:00 PM
Through the inspiring true story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, "Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War," see a timeless lesson of personal sacrifice and courage you can share with future generations.Library: Oak Park Public Library Main Branch
After 17 ministers declined the Unitarian Association’s request for relief volunteers in Europe in 1938, Waitstill and Martha Sharp were the eighteenth call. When they committed to the dangerous undertaking, they left their two young children in the care of their congregation in Wellesley, Massachusetts and traveled to Czechoslovakia at the onset of WWII. Over the course of two missions: in Prague (1939), and in Southern France (1940), the Sharps, and their underground confederates, played a vital role in saving hundreds from persecution. In 2006, the Sharps were recognized by the State of Israel as “Righteous Among the Nations” at Yad Vashem for risking their lives to save Jews and dissidents during the Holocaust.
Of the 25,000 so honored, there are only three Americans to ever be honored, Varian Fry and the Sharps. The documentary film is told from the point of view of Martha and Waitstill Sharp, drawing on their recorded interviews, letters and unpublished memoirs, and includes interviews with rescued children and noted Holocaust scholars.
Location: Second Floor - Veterans Room
Contact: Adult & Teen Services
Contact Number: 708.452.3440