Former Safe Haven president to speak April 30

Carol RosenbergCarol Rosenberg, former president of the Safe Haven Museum and Learning Center, will present “From the Holocaust to Safe Haven in Oswego” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in Room 120 of SUNY Oswego’s Campus Center. The talk is free and open to the public.

The Safe Haven Museum and Learning Center was constructed under her leadership as president of Safe Haven Inc. and dedicated in October 2002.

Rosenberg will speak about America’s only refugee camp for Holocaust survivors at the Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter in Oswego during World War II. The shelter housed 982 refugees from August 1944 to February 1946 in the decommissioned military base in Oswego. The museum was built in the former bakery for the base and shelter.

Although only a small number of refugees were allowed into the United States by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and were supposed to be sent back to the horrors of Europe after the war ended, many eventually stayed in the United States.

“Safe Haven is a story of America’s willingness to accept refugees from around the world and the numerous contributions those refugees have made to our country,” said Dr. Larry Spizman, adviser for Jewish Student Union/Hillel, who sponsors the event with Oswego’s Student Association as part of Jewish Awareness Week at the college.

“Carol will discuss the important role of Safe Haven in both the history of America and Oswego,” Spizman said.

Rosenberg now lives in Bluffton, S.C., and lectures on Safe Haven to many different groups and organizations.

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CONTACT: Dr. Lawrence Spizman, 343-1420

(Posted: Apr 21, 2009)