Safe Haven Museum, Oswego

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The Safe Haven Museum and Education Center is a museum in Oswego, New York that tells the story of 982 mainly Jewish refugees who fled Europe in the U S Government "Safe Haven" program. They came to the Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter in Oswego, New York, in August 1944.Safe Haven was the only Official U.S. Government activity to Rescue Jewish refugees during the Second World War, for victims of the Nazi Holocaust. The refugees were brought from Italy, but deliberately only from other parts of Europe. They were all fleeing from the Nazis. They were deliberately chosen so that some were non-Jewish to allay anti-semitic fears.They were placed in Fort Oswego, behind barbed wire, and given no official status, and were told they would be returned to their homelands after the war, and would have no rights as regards entering the United States. In fact, due to political pressure, at the war's end they were allowed to stay in the U.S.A.Parenthetically, the group included a whole group of Boy Scouts.
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  • September 25, 2017
    Stopped here after visiting the fort and so glad we did. My husband and I were shocked that we knew nothing about this part of US history. Make sure you watch the film, it gives tons of insight. The g...  more »
  • September 13, 2017
    We stopped here after visiting Fort Oswego nearby, but when we walked in, we were told they were closing soon and she wouldn't be showing the film, so sadly, we missed that. She did let us in to walk ...  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Excellent exhibit and movie on the Jews kept at the Fort Onterio deportation camp. These 982 people were transferred here after being liberated from Nazi Europe.  more »
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  • January 2, 2012
    Lovely docent who told us enough but also let us self guide. Very informative

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