(Dominican Republic) Sosua, Dominican Republic Offered Jews Safety from Nazis #general

Jan Meisels Allen

A Dominican village, Sosua, became home to Jewish refugees during World War
ll. Rafael Trujillo offered Jews safety >from the Nazi terror in Europe for a
promise to develop the land. The American Jewish Joint Distribution
Committee (JDC) founded the Dominican Republic Settlement Association
(DORSA). The Association gave the refugees land, and animals to work the
land, including cows, horses and mules. 1938 Trujillo offered to take up to
100,000 refugees but with the outbreak of World War ll and the Nazi ban on
Jewish emigration only 4,000 visas were issued. The refugees founded a
small Jewish museum next to the town synagogue. The museum has photographs,
Interviews of leaving refugees and other documents of historical interest,
however, none of the items are digitized.

The Washington Post published a story of one of the descendants of the
refugees to Sosua and what she learned. The article may be read at:
Original url:

The Sosua Virtual Museum website is located at: http://www.sosuamuseum.org/.
The website has information on the history of Sosua, photographs of the
cemetery, information about the settlers and more.

Another website has information about the Jewish Museum (not virtual museum)
has more photographs and background information. The Museum includes the
1940 agreement between Trujillo and DORSA. See;

The JDC website has information on the Sosua immigrants which can be
searched at http://archives.jdc.org/search-the-archives/

Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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