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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.


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.


The Zoom launch of the book took place on June 10, 2021 at the Brookline (MA) Booksmith. It was recorded and will be available soon for viewing at the Booksnith's YouTube channel. Enjoy!

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