A Conversation with Artemis Joukowsky and Latifa Woodhouse about American Altruism on International Holocaust Remembrance Day


Join us on Friday, January 27 at 12:00 p.m. for “A Conversation with Artemis Joukowsky and Latifa Woodhouse about American Altruism” on Holocaust Remembrance Day. In this one-hour event, attendees will learn about the heroic acts of Artemis’s grandparents, Waitstill and Martha Sharp during the Holocaust. Attendees will also get to hear firsthand from Latifa Woodhouse, whose own story shows a modern day take on altruism.

Attendees are asked to watch the following PBS NewsHour recording before the event: “How a Massachusetts couple saved thousands from Nazi death camps.” We also recommend watching Defying the Nazis: The Sharps' War, a documentary on Artemis’s grandparents created by Artemis and Ken Burns.

The following topics will be covered during this interview-style event:

  • Provide a brief overview of the Sharp story and how their altruism saved over 400 people.
  • Discuss the courage of the over 26,000 “Righteous Among the Nations” who saved Jewish people during the Holocaust.
  • Provide examples of how altruism has been shown in modern America.
  • Provide an understanding of all the communities impacted by the Holocaust (e.g., Romania, Poland, Germans that didn't support his beliefs, Disabled People in Germany, etc.) and the ripple effect that had on future generations.
  • Talk about the tactics used by Hitler (language, symbols, vilification) to manipulate people. Discuss how this same strategy has been used in modern day.
  • Question how the role of silence and indifference to the suffering of others perpetuates hate and intolerance.

Participants will have an opportunity to submit questions for a Q&A at the end. Please feel free to extend an invite to any family, friends, or colleagues that would be interested in attending this event. We are also recording the event for those cannot attend and will publish the recording in early February.

Closed captions and a transcript will be provided by a Certified Realtime Captioner.

Register to Attend

Share a Family Member's Name for Our Moment of Remembrance

We'll hold a moment of remembrance for those lost in the Holocaust at the beginning of the event. If you have a family member that lost their life in the Holocaust, please feel free to email Cheryl Millett by Wednesday, January 25 to have their name included in the moment of remembrance.

Thank You to the Event Committee!

Thank you to the International Holocaust Remembrance Day Event Committee for all their work planning this event: Kristina England (UITS), Marius Farcas (UITS), Meeta Gill (Internal Audit), Megan Momtaheni (UITS), and Jacob Sturtz (Innovation and Operational Services).