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U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Presents “Two Who Defied Nazis” At American Jewish University

Posted: Wednesday, September 30, 2015 – 1:02 PM

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum will present the seventh annual Linda and Tony Rubin Lecture, “Two Who Defied the Nazis.”

The program, a timely reminder of what refugees endure, such as those today who are fleeing Syrian and other Middle Eastern countries, will take place at the American Jewish University, Familian Campus, Gindi Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

In the course of the evening, guests will learn about Waitstill and Martha Sharp, a young Unitarian minister and social worker, who in early 1939 moved to Prague and aided hundreds of refugees fleeing Nazi persecution. Their remarkable actions are documented in a collection of personal papers that have been donated to the Museum.

The featured speakers will be Artemis Joukowsky, director and filmmaker of the PBS Fall 2016 film “Righteous Among Us: Two Who Defied the Nazis” and member of the Sharp family, and Gretchen Skidmore, director of Education Initiatives, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

 “We are fortunate to have such a high-caliber film produced by Ken Burns to learn about the heroics of these two individuals and to better understand their challenges and struggles during what was the beginning of such a bleak time in Europe,” said Steve Klappholz, the Museum’s Western Regional Director.

The program is co-presented with the Sigi Ziering Institute and the Unitarian Universalist Association, and is part of the Museum’s annual Los Angeles lecture series, generously supported by Linda and Tony Rubin.

In the 21 years since it opened, the Museum has educated and inspired more than 38 million visitors, including more than 10 million children and nearly 100 heads of state. Each year, hundreds of L.A.-area schoolteachers are trained in how to make the Holocaust relevant and meaningful to young people.

The “Two Americans Who Defied the Nazis” presentation is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required. Individuals interested must register by Friday, Oct. 2, at  Contact the Museum’s Western Regional office at 310.556.3222 or email at with questions.

The American Jewish University, Familian Campus, Gindi Auditorium is located at 15600 Mulholland Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90077

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