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Unitarian Service Committee, and accepted a position in 1950 on the United States National Security Resources Board. Following graduation from high school, Joukowsky enrolled at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts, about 25 miles from where his grandfather lived in retirement. The two often went to church together on Sundays. During his visits, Joukowsky frequently asked his grandfather questions about his role in Europe. While Sharp humored his grandson with stories of relief missions, he preferred to discuss the importance of finding the joy of serving others, the topic of the sermons he delivered as a visiting minister in his later years. "The past seemed to interest Grandpa Sharp only insofar as it illuminated the present," recounts Joukowsky. Waitstill Sharp died in 1984 at 82 years of age. Martha Sharp passed in 1999 at the age of 94. After her death, Joukowsky's mother asked him to clean out his grandmother's base- ment. That's when he uncovered 14 boxes filled with affidavits, maps, photos, receipts, visas of people trying to escape the Nazis, and other information that helped him knit together the disparate accounts he had heard from his beloved grandparents over several decades. His research, spanning from his teen to mid-life years, culminated in Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War documentary film and book of the same title. In the preface to his book, Joukowsky explains the reason for his unwavering determination to recount his grandparents' story: "The actions and achievements of Martha and Waitstill deserve to be hon- ored, and their courage and principles deserve to be celebrated so we may build a more just and fair society." 106 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 7 AUTHOR'S NOTE: Thank you, Artemis Joukowsky III, for living a life of advocacy for human rights, disability rights, combating climate change, and several other issues that you care about deeply. "Beyond the cloak-and-dagger suspense of my grandparents' experience, it is a story of what America meant to refugees fleeing war-torn countries to build new lives. And it underscores what Waitstill would call a collaborative effort' of how a small but effective underground network of rescue workers saved as many lives as they could, and how important that lesson is for what is happening today." — A r t e m i s J o u k o w s k y I I I • g r a n d s o n o f t h e S h a r p s Building a More Just and Fair Society

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