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The Shelter and the Fence
The Shelter and the Fence

The Shelter and the Fence

When 982 Holocaust Refugees Found Safe Haven in America

9-12/4th-7th

JUVENILE NONFICTION

176 Pages, 5.5 x 8.5

Formats: Cloth, PDF, Mobipocket, EPUB

Cloth, $17.99 (US $17.99) (CA $23.99)

Publication Date: June 2021

ISBN 9781641603836

Rights: WOR

Chicago Review Press (Jun 2021)

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Overview

The story of Holocaust refugees who found shelter in the United States--with unique parallels to today's stories of asylum seekers.

In 1944, at the height of World War II, 982 European refugees found a temporary haven at Fort Ontario in Oswego, New York. They were men, women, and children who had spent frightening years one step ahead of Nazi pursuers and death. They spoke nineteen different languages, and, while most of the refugees were Jewish, a number were Catholic, Greek Orthodox, and Protestant Christians. From the time they arrived at the Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter on August 5 they began re-creating their lives and embarked on the road to becoming American citizens. In the history of World War II and the Holocaust, this "token" save by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and the War Refugee Board was too little and too late for millions. But for those few who reached Oswego it was life changing. The Shelter and the Fence tells their stories.

Author Biography

Norman H. Finkelstein is a retired public-school librarian and a longtime teacher of history at Boston's Hebrew College. He is the author of twenty well-reviewed nonfiction books and the winner of two National Jewish Book Awards and the Golden Kite Honor Book Award for Nonfiction. His latest books are The Capture of Black Bart: Gentleman Bandit of the Old West and Union Made: Labor Leader Samuel Gompers and His Fight for Workers' Rights. He lives in Framingham, Massachusetts.