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Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War

Defying the Nazis: Sharps’ War is a 2016 documentary film directed by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky. The film is about the untold story 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. Over two dangerous years they helped to save scores of imperiled Jews and refugees fleeing Nazi occupation across Europe.

Defying the Nazis: Sharps’ War
GenreDocumentary film
Directed byKen Burns, Artemis Joukowsky
StarringTom Hanks
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Ken Burns
Editor(s)Erik Angra[1]
Running time1 hour, 18 minutes
DistributorPublic Broadcasting Service
Original networkPBS
Original release
  • September 9, 2016 (2016-09-09)
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Florentine Media and No Limits Media co-produced the film.[2] This documentary expands on the film that Artemis Joukowsky produced and directed in 2012 entitled Two Who Dared: The Sharps' War. One major addition was Tom Hanks as the voice actor for Waitstill Sharp.


  1. ^ "Behind the Scenes Blog: Q&A with Film Editor Erik Angra". PBS. September 8, 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  2. ^ ""DEFYING THE NAZIS: THE SHARPS' WAR," A NEW FILM BY KEN BURNS AND ARTEMIS JOUKOWSKY TO AIR ON PBS SEPTEMBER 20". Defying the Nazis. May 24, 2016. Retrieved 29 December 2018.