Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War (2016)


defying-nazis-large_0_0“Every life we touched had its own drama. One can only manage a miracle every so often, but a series of miracles can happen when many people become concerned and are willing to act at the right time. ” – Martha

Number of Times Seen – 1 (8 Feb 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Documentary about a US Pastor and his wife who were positioned in Europe during World war II and did all they can in order to save as many Jewish refugees as they could.

My Take on it – I have always been a fan of Ken Burns’ documentaries because he has a great way to frame the historical events in such a way that we easily get pulled in and absorbed by the story.

This film features lots of interviews with friends, family, and colleagues of the Sharp’s and they help to give us so much context for what happened and why they acted the way they did.

The Sharp’s were truly extraordinary people who when given the opportunities they got to save refugee children, they did all they could for them no matter the cost.

They are people who we can all look up to because they put everything in their lives on the back burner in order to save strangers from certain death.

They lived in difficult time, but still were able to show the backbone and fortitude to do the right thing and there are thousands of descendants of the people they saved who would not be here without the Sharp couple’s help in escaping from Europe

Bottom Line – Great story told exceptionally well by Burns using his special way of framing historical events.  The interviews by family and friends is quite interesting because it adds so much to the historical context of it all.  These were truly exceptional people who risked everything in order to help complete strangers.  Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Ken Burns documentary film, Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War, that chronicled the efforts of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, was co-directed by Burns and their grandson, Artemis A.W. Joukowsky, III, of Sherborn, Massachusetts, co-produced by Burns, Joukowsky, and Matthew Justus, and edited by Erik Angra, with the support of PBS (including the WETA station), the Unitarian Universalist community, several well-known foundations, and many individuals. (From Wikipedia)

Rating – Oscar Worthy

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