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I read with great interest your chapter on the Munk family's escape from
Prague. I am writing a book about Unitarian rescue activities in Europe
during WWII and their main collaborators. An American couple -- Waitstill
and Martha Sharp -- came out from Boston in February 1939 and stayed until
August 1939. They interviewed thousands of refugees to help with British and
US visa applications; they also brought some money for food and medical
relief and train tickets out of the country. Frank Munk's name appears on a
list of possible refugee "clients" of the Unitarians. I did not compile this
list, but theorize that Frank Munk's name appears because the Unitarians
were working closely with Beatrice Wellington and may have shared in some of
the work. As the only Americans working on refugee escape in Prague at that
time (as far as I know), the Sharps may have gone to the US consulate to
confirm that Frank Munk was who he said he was. In an oral history done in
the 1970s, Waitstill Sharp describes going to the US consulate in Prague to
back up refugee applications to US academic institutions. Waitstill Sharp
also joined UNRRA in 1946; took the Maryland training course, and returned
to Prague, though he spent some of that year in the Middle East. I wonder if
Frank and Nadia ever met Waitstill and Martha Sharp? They are being honored
next week in Israel (posthumously) with the Righteous Among Nations award
from Yad Vashem. The second and third Americans to receive this honor.
I came across your web site and love the bald eagle photos. I am coming
to San Juan island in July with the goal of getting great eagle photos.
Other than being on a boat, where do you recommend going on the island for
my best chance at getting good eagle photos? I realize were dealing with
wildlife so it is hard to say, but where have you had your best luck?
[Our reply: Bald eagles tend to live near the water. At least in our
part of the island, it seems as though there are about 1-2 pairs of eagles
in every mile of coastline. You'll be able spot them (little bit of white)
near the tops of trees where they have a view of the water. They are easily
disturbed by people, though. In June, they are still tending their nests;
you really shouldn't disturb the adults or their young by getting too close;
if you chase away the adults, the island's crows have an unfortunate way of
swooping in to eat the baby eagles. If you're taking photos, bring a long
telephoto lens; 400mm is probably minimum..]
I just visited your website and wanted to let you know that I printed a
couple of pictures for educational use. One of my students is studying seals
and has been dying for pictures to display with her research on a poster.
She will be so happy to see your pictures.
I am the owner and publisher of The Dumpling Newsletter, a Czech/American
weekly internet publication (www.thedumplingnews.com).
The Dumpling is really a "family" magazine with a subscribership of over
300,000 world-wide. I am going to do an article this week about the Czech
Jews. I would very much like to reference your [grandfather's
Cal's account of The Oregon Trail was wonderful, or as he would say
"fine". My family came over in 1845 and were part of the Meek Trail
disaster. My great-great-grandmother Sophronia Hurd Terwilliger died as a
result of the cutoff. I don't know if she kept a diary or not, There is none
that I know of. My mother knew my great-grandfather Hiram Terwilliger and he
told her many stories about coming west. I'm sure many of his recollections
were from his father James as he was only 5 at the time. There is a new
novel about the Meek Cutoff called "A Heart for Any Fate: Westward to
Oregon-1845 by Linda Crew. I have been in contact with her and I am eager to
read the book. It is an young adult novel, but I'm sure I'll enjoy it just
the same. Well, I will read the other entries from your family soon.
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