Why every Jew should know about Sosua, the Dominican Republic Haven for Jewish Refugees fleeing Nazi persecution?

by Terry Richards

Founded in 1938 as a haven for Jews escaping Nazi persecution (After the United States refused 800 Jews on a ship from entering the United States as Refugees) Sosua was an isolated settlement on the coast of the Dominican Republic that offered refuge to approximately 800 hundred German, Austrian and Polish Jews from 1940 – 1945.
Having made good friends with Freddy Milz in 1966, the son of Jewish refugees from Sosua whose family moved to Miami Beach where I was living and had grown up, this Jewish Writer finally visited and lived in Sosua for 4-months during the winter of 1986 and 1987. It was not only an enjoyable vacation experience but also an amazing ethnic and educational experience for me, and I got to see Freddy who was living in Sosua again part-time who I had not seen for about 8-years.