WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2017

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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On September 20, 2016, 310 PBS stations premiered the documentary film Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War featuring Waitstill and Martha Sharp, the minister of the Wellesley Hills Unitarian Church and his social worker wife, who bravely fought Nazi oppression head-on as part of an underground resistance. The Sharps had lived in Massachusetts for only two years when they answered the call from Everett Baker, the Vice-President of the American Unitarian Association, to lead the Church's first international emergency relief mission. They traveled to Europe on the eve of World War II in 1939 to help Jews and anti-Nazi dissidents escape Czechoslovakia and then France. Trading their quiet suburban life for a perilous existence as covert agents, they left their three-year-old daughter and six-year-old son in the care of parishioners in order to E L I Z A B E T H S U N E B Y writer P H O T O G R A P H Y C O U R T E S Y O F S H A R P F A M I LY A R C H I V E S maybe it's an omen that in the fall of 2016—a time forever marred by a divisive U.S. presidential election, a worldwide refugee crisis, xenophobia, and ethnic tension—more than three million people were introduced to two virtually unknown heroes who selflessly risked their lives and precious family time with their young children to save Jewish children and dissidents from the inconceivable brutality of Hitler's Nazi regime. 98 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 T H E L I V E S A N D L E G A C I E S O F WA I T S T I L L A N D M A R T H A S H A R P

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