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SPRING 2017

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needed to be done and that anyone else in their place would have done, too. The Sharps probably avoided speaking about Nazi Europe because, as is the case with many Holocaust survivors, no words ade- quately describe the horror they witnessed first-hand. Clearly, it was inappropriate to expose their young children to descriptions of the worst of humanity. Many of the people the Sharps worked with had died, and while they had saved many lives, their intimate understanding of the millions left behind to perish likely haunted them. The Sharps' divergent reactions to their traumatic experiences in Europe contribut - ed to family tension and their decision to divorce in 1954, a personal matter likely they and the Unitarian leaders preferred not to discuss publically. When the court asked Martha Content to declare which parent she preferred to live with after their divorce, she answered, "Neither." Waitstill Sharp opted to resume the more private ministerial and family life he valued prior to his departure to Europe. He contin- ued to serve others as a minister. The first time he wrote about his work in Europe was when he was in his 80s. Martha Sharp chose a more public role for herself, even before the divorce, including founding "Children to Palestine" in 1943 to help orphaned Jewish children start new lives in what is now the state of Israel. She moved to Portugal in 1944 as Associate European Director of the 105 s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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