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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Holocaust Documentary Tells Of ‘Two Who Dared’

A new documentary by Artemis Joukowsky looks at the largely untold story of how his grandparents, an unassuming Unitarian minister and his wife, left their family in Massachusetts to save refugees during the Holocaust.

A family photo of Alex Strasser as a boy. (Courtesy of Alex Strasser)

A family photo of Alex Strasser as a boy. (Courtesy of Alex Strasser)

The couple provided new identities for refugees, escorted them across borders and organized a Kindertransport boat that brought refugee children to the United States from war-torn France.

The documentary is called “Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War.”

It includes dozens of interviews with Holocaust survivors who were involved with Martha and Waitstill Sharp, including Alex Strasser, who was six years old when he and his brother boarded the Kindertransport.

The Sharps made these rescues while leaving their own two toddlers at home — a story Joukowsky first heard when he interviewed his grandmother for a ninth grade history project.

“I’m sure it was excruciating. I know it was the greatest regret of my grandmother’s life, but I think both my grandparents would have done it again,” Joukowsky told Here & Now.

Guest:

  • Artemis Joukowsky, documentary filmmaker.
  • Dr. Alex Strasser, physician and Holocaust survivor.

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  • kivenaberham

    so white American save  white European children especially Jewish kids during ww2. right? have they done that for Iraq or Afghanistan? no? why? not white enough for them? how about Palestinian kids from the west bank? no? not good enough for these white American who is petting themselves on the back with the film? so its a propaganda film right? it just make you feel good about yourself because your white parent did something right 50 years ago?

  • Arisara

    Thank you so much for airing this story.  It really hit home as my wife, daughter and I were recently in Prague.  If you have not been to Prague there is a synagogue there with the names of Jews from Moravia and Bohemia with their birth date and date of death.  Hearing this story and watching the trailer was so moving.  I sent my family the link and we all appreciate your coverage of the story.

  • Judie Raffety

    We would like to get a copy of the documentary “Two Who Dared” for a showing at our Unitarian/Universalist church in Chester, Vermont.  Can you suggest whom I would contact to inquire about this?

  • Judie Raffety

    I just located the Screening Request form so you can ignore my previous question.  Thanks.

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