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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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  • Went to the museum while in Oswego. Stopped at the Fort first because it would take more time. GPS coordinates did not take us to the correct address, off by one block. We got there during operating h...  more »
  • This a lovely museum dedicated about the 982 refugees that were brought in from Europe. Hitler went after the Jews and other people he didn’t like. He wanted to exterminate them all. Many nations came...  more »
  • Located at Fort Ontario, the museum reflects the history of almost 1000 refugees brought to the US during World War II. The refugees were provided a safe haven in barracks of Fort Ontario that were no...  more »
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  • Lovely docent who told us enough but also let us self guide. Very informative

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