Unitarian minister and his wife helped save thousands from Nazis

Washington — The United States Holocaust Museum (USHM) honored the Reverend Waitstill Sharp (1905–1999) and his wife Martha Sharp (1902–1984) at a September 14 ceremony. The Sharps, and the Unitarian service organization they helped create, were responsible for the escape of approximately 2,000 Jews and political dissidents from near-certain death in Nazi-occupied Europe.

In June 2006, the Sharps were named “Righteous Among the Nations” by Yad Vashem, the Jerusalem memorial to the six million victims of the Nazi Holocaust or Shoah and to the heroes who often risked their own lives to save them.The Sharps are only the second and third Americans so honored.