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        Children’s Emigration Project | Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War

        This lesson delves into Martha Sharp’s project to bring refugee children from wartime France to the United States in 1940, and it invites students to consider how one person can make a difference in the lives of many. The lesson combines analysis of historical documents with emotional engagement, perspective taking, and personal reflection. It begins with a moving letter from Martha to her eight-year-old son, explaining why she chose to stay in France rather than returning home to be with her own children. Students watch an excerpt from the film that tells, in the voices of those she rescued, the story of Martha’s efforts; then they analyze historical correspondence from the Sharps’ archive to understand how Martha was able to succeed in her mission. Finally, students discuss the legacies of Martha’s work and its significance for us today.

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        Children’s Emigration Project | Written Document Analysis Worksheet | Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War

        Written Document Analysis Worksheet designed and developed by the Education Staff, National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC.

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