Sharp-Joukowsky Award for Moral Courage

The Sharp-Joukowsky Award for Moral Courage has been established by Artemis Joukowsky, in association with the University of California, Irvine’s Center for the Scientific Study of Ethics and Morality, in honor of his grandparents, Waitsill and Martha Sharp, and their work rescuing Jews and others persecuted by the Nazis during World War II. The Sharps’ story is told through the documentary “Defying the Nazis,” produced by Joukowsky and Ken Burns.

The Committee on Moral Courage is inviting submissions of personal stories of moral courage and/or psychological profiles of altruism and moral courage as illustrated by people like Waitstill and Martha Sharp.

 Stories should be submitted via e-mail to by March 1, 2017:

  • Length: The story should be at least 10 pages long.
  • Form: Stories may be in the form of an interview with the person who demonstrated moral courage or a summary/description of their acts by the person nominating them.

All submissions will be featured on the Defying the Nazis website in the order received. The award-winning story will receive $10K; $5K to the nominator and $5K to the charity selected by the nominator. An expert panel in moral courage and altruism, under the direction of Professor Kristen Monroe, will review all stories. The best stories will be collected and published in a volume every five years.

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