Re: looking for sescendants of German Refugees in Dominican Republic #germany #latinamerica #holocaust


Irene Newhouse
 

So sorry to have missed the original question. I've recently gathered up my scans of my mother's Dom. Rep. photos. She & my father arrived in Sosua in 1940. She in May, on the Conte Biancamano, in one of the first sets of settlers to arrive. My father in September on the Cherokee from NYC, having been deported from the US. I also transcribed & translate a video taken (in German) by one of my father's friends in 1988, mostly reminiscences of his leaving Europe & living in the Dom. Rep. 

In the course of this I realized that familysearch.org has been allowed to film some miscellaneous records from the Dom Rep & these include applications & reapplications - apparently the equivalent of green card applications & renewals. Among them are many for residents of Sosua. You do not need much info - if you enter a German surname & limit the search to the Dominican Republic, you won't get a very large number of 'stray' hits. Some of these documents have photos - a front view & a side view.

As to tracing descendants, the last reapplication for residence may provide a clue as to when the family left (most did) & use that to check entrances to the US. (Although one has to take into account some records may be lost.) But although I have no name, I do know that a dentist who'd lived in Sosua moved back to Berlin, where he was dentist to one of my mother's Gross Breesen friends. (Small world!) (Sorry, I don't have a name.)

Marion A. Kaplan's "Dominican Haven" is a general reference, but not particularly suitable as a genealogical source. Lore Segal "Other People's Houses" has 2 chapters about life in the Dominican Republic - this is a fictionalized account. 

 You might be lucky if you contact https://www.sosuamuseum.org .  Also, Allen Wells, author of "Tropical Zion" might be a source. 

As for my family, my parents moved from Sosua to their own coffee farm after a few years  & to the US in 1957. The only ex-Sosua person we had any contact with was Dr. Raphael Landau, who visited us twice in the US & who died almost a lifetime ago, so I'm sorry I can't provide any specific current information.

Irene Newhouse
Kihei Hawaii USA

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