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Safe Haven Museum, Oswego
(4.8/5 based on 35+ reviews on the web)
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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  • I had heard stories from my parents regarding the refugees being housed at Fort Ontario, but until my visit, I didn't know the exact extent of it all. Wow, just doesn't cover it.........very emotional...  more »
  • You will not be sorry but you will be a better human for the experience of having visited. God works through people and we are responsible to and for each other in times of "Peace and War". The few sa...  more »
  • During WWII, almost 1,000 Jewish refugees from Nazi-Germany were brought to Oswego, NY, and this museum recounts that experience. It is a small building, but the amount of information and learing avai...  more »
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  • Lovely docent who told us enough but also let us self guide. Very informative