September 15, 2006


The film includes rare clips and interviews that offer insights into the life and work of the Sharps, who left the comfort and safety of their home and family in New England to save European strangers.

'Director/producer Deborah Shaffer and I worked closely together to shape the documentary which will become part of the Museum's permanent collection," explains Wechsler, who cut the project on an Avid. "What makes this documentary so very powerful is that the protagonists, the Joukowski family, and the victims of the Holocaust saved by they Sharps, tell their own stories without narration."

The film also calls for action to end genocide throughout the world.

Archival footage for the documentary was obtained from Footage Farm, Gaumont Pathe, and National Archives. Still photos were lent to the filmmakers by Rosemarie Feigl, the Joukowsky Family, The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, UUSC, USHMM and UNICEF. Interviews were shot on Panasonic P2 cameras.

George Panos and Jared Dubrino assisted Wechsler on the edit. Michael Julian Berz served as director of photography on the project.

Music was composed by Patricia Lee Stotter. Additional credits include executive producer Charlie Clements, producer Artemis Joukowski III and co-producers Larry Benaquist and Bill Sullivan.