The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos will present a free public viewing of Ken Burns’ new documentary, Defying the Nazis; The Sharps’ War, beginning at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 20 in the sanctuary.
Defying the Nazis tells the never-before-told story of Waitstill and Martha Sharp, an American Unitarian minister and his wife from Wellesley, Mass., who left their children behind in the care of their parish and boldly committed to a life-threatening mission in Europe on behalf of the Unitarian Service Committee. Over two dangerous years they helped save scores of imperiled dissidents and refugees fleeing the Nazi occupation across Europe.
During this time, the Sharps would face harrowing encounters with Nazi police, narrowly escape arrest and watch as the Third Reich invaded Eastern Europe. Their marriage would be tested severely and the two children they left behind would grow saddened by their parents’ absence. But dozens of scientists, journalists, doctors, powerful anti-Nazi activists and children would find their way to freedom and start new lives in America because of their efforts and sacrifice.
Admission to this viewing is free of charge.
The Unitarian Church of Los Alamos is a congregation that welcomes people of diverse beliefs who share a common vision of a fair, just planet where all people are valued. Whoever you are, wherever you are on your life’s journey, you are welcome to a community of Love Beyond Belief. The church is at 1738 N. Sage St. The church office can be reached at 505.662.2346.