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Safe Haven: Oswego’s Refuge from the Holocaust

Nov 16, 2022 to Nov 16, 2022 7 - 8pm

Dates: Wed 11/16
Time: 7-8p
Age Group: Adults 18+

Program Location: Shanis Auditorium

Description:  In 1944, nearly 1000 refugees were brought to Oswego, NY from Europe to escape the Holocaust. Rick Sivers, a native of Oswego, tells the story of the Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter (what became known as Safe Haven) and some of the individuals who were sheltered there from 1944-1946. The shelter became a village within the City of Oswego, as the refugees’ lives intertwined with the lives of local citizens. The less known story of the struggle for survival, Safe Haven was a microcosm of life in the midst of war and what the United States did to save a few refugees.

Instructor: Rick Sivers, a United Methodist minister, retired in 2014 after nearly 40 years of active service in local churches across New York State. Born and raised in Oswego, NY on the shores of Lake Ontario, he is a playwright, storyteller and community leader having held posts in food pantries, local volunteer fire departments; was president of the Corning Meals-on-Wheels, the Oswego Opera Theater, the Oswego County Historical Society and the Oswego Players, a community theater organization. His plays have been produced and seen in many locations, including Philadelphia with the Old Academy Players.

Registration: Online registration required. Click here to register.