This film is based on a book by Artemis Joukowsky. The Unitarian Association is looking for volunteers to go to Europe and help save Jewish people from the Nazi regime. Waitstill and Martha Sharp agree to commit to this dangerous mission. Waitstill is a minister in the Church and Martha has trained as a social worker. They left their two young children, Hastings and Martha behind in their hometown of Wellesley, Massachusetts. They traveled by boat and train to Czechoslovakia in February of 1939. War was about to break out in Europe and Germany had invaded Czechoslovakia. The Sharp’s were trained to destroy all evidence of what they were doing and to always be aware if they were followed. They were involved with the black market, money laundering and clandestine transportation of refugees. They also organized the first mass exodus of Jewish children to America without their parents.
Some of the children who were saved were interviewed about leaving their parents and traveling by train and boat. The adult son and daughter of the Sharp’s are also interviewed about being left behind and the work of their parents. The story of what Waitstill and Martha did is very astonishing!! The one complaint I have about this film is they use the same picture of Waitstill and Martha when they are telling about them. That gets old after a while to see the same pictures over and over. Surely there must be more pictures of the couple that could be used? Their journey took a toll on their marriage and their children. 3 1/2* (I liked this movie)
90 min, Doc, Bio, War directed by Ken Burns, Artemis Joukowsky with Marina Goldman (voice), Thom Hanks (voice)
Note: Imdb 7.2 out of 10, 100% critic 67% audience on Rotten Tomatoes, Amazon 4.4* out of 5* with 55 reviews, Metacritic 60 out of 100 with 3 critcs.
Special Note: Filmed in Czech Republic; England, UK; France; Israel; USA.