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Connections: The documentary, Safe Haven, and honoring victims of the Holocaust

Apr 27, 2017

An old army base about 70 miles from Rochester was the only site in the United States to welcome refugees from Europe during the Holocaust. Fort Ontario in Oswego, an internment camp, became home to 982 refugees in 1944, but many people don't know its story or the history and politics behind the refugees' arrival. Now, Fort Ontario is back in the news: there's proposed legislation to make the site a national park. 

In 1987, WXXI produced a documentary about the camp. It's called Safe Haven. We honor the film's 30th anniversary and the lives of Holocaust victims and survivors by sharing their stories. Our guests:

  • Paul Lewis, writer, director, and producer of Safe Haven
  • Irving Schild, Holocaust survivor who lived at Fort Ontario
  • Warren Heilbronner, Holocaust survivor