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last fall, my husband and I visited Europe where we spent a glorious week traveling up the Rhine River on a barge. The pace was a bit slower than other trips we've taken in the past so we had the opportu- nity to take advantage of the tours and learning opportunities in this beautiful part of the world that has seen more than its share of devastation and destruction due to its geography and the politics of the region. After reading "Building a More Fair and Just Society," the story of Martha and Waitstill Sharp in this issue, I was reminded of my trip just a month earlier. As you'll read, the Sharps were a Wellesley husband and wife who risked their lives and left their own children behind in order to travel to Europe on the eve of World War II and join an underground resistance to save Jewish children from persecution by the Nazis. On my visit to the picturesque university town of Heidelberg, Germany, our excellent tour guide pointed out a small brass plaque atop a cobblestone on the doorstep of one of the homes in the center of town. Called a stolperstein, or stumbling stone, each plaque is engraved with the name and life dates of the person who last resided in the home before becoming a victim of the Nazi regime. At this particular home, the stumbling stones indicated that the husband and wife who once lived in the home had died in a concentration camp. Our guide then told the story of how the year before, an elderly man on one of her tours told the group that the man and woman memorialized on the doorstep of this same home were his parents, and that he was one of the couple's five children who were sent away before the Nazis could get to them. Each child was taken in by a different family, and they all survived the war. After many years, the children found each other and were reunited. I wonder if the children in this family were saved thanks to the help of strangers like the Sharps who were willing to sacrifice their own lives for the sake of others. In this issue, you'll meet others who devote themselves to making our world a better place. Former Wellesley Police Chief Terry Cunningham has made it his mission to help repair the relationships between communities and police departments across the country. You'll also meet Lee Stone, who is helping orphan children in Haiti look forward to a brighter future. I hope you'll find all of the articles in our spring magazine interesting and enlightening. 18 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 editor's letter J I L L N I L S E N jill @ wellesleywestonmagazine.com C A R O L Y N R O S S

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