Hear Waitstill Sharp's account, narrated by Tom Hanks, of money laundering to help refugees fleeing the Holocaust. He weighed the legal ethics of his actions and ruled that it was more important to save imperiled lives.
Gerda Mayer of Vienna recalls saying good bye in 1939 to her parents as she boarded a plane to England as part of the Kindertransport (Children's Transport), a series of rescue missions that saved thousands of Jewish children. The rest of Gerda's family was killed in the Holocaust.
Waitstill and Martha Sharp, along with some of the refugees who they helped rescue, describe their harrowing journey across Nazi-occupied territory on their way to safety in England.
DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS’ WAR, co-directed by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky, is about a little-known but important mission by an American minister and his wife to rescue refugees and dissidents in Europe before and after the start of World War II. Airs September 20 at 9 p.m. ET (check local listings) on PBS. Join the conversation with #SharpsWarPBS.
Ken Burns examines the previously untold account 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. Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War, is a film by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky.
Waitstill and Martha Sharp saved scores of refugees in Europe at the onset of World War II. Discover their story in Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War, by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky.
Hear the incredible story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp from co-director Ken Burns. Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War airs Tuesday, September 20, at 9/8c on PBS. Join the conversation with #SharpsWarPBS