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June 15, 2016

Event Commemorates World Refugee Day -

Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum Hosts Open House


OSWEGO, NY- Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum will host an Open House on Sunday, June 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. In recognition of World Refugee Day, June 20, we will honor the spirit and courage of the millions of refugees around the world.

The Safe Haven Museum is dedicated to keeping alive the stories of 982 refugees that survived Hitler's tyranny during World War II. This was the only refugee shelter on American soil for victims of the Holocaust. The museum highlights their journey to Oswego, their life at the shelter, and the choice of many of them to remain in the United States after the war.

The second annual "Ralph M. Faust Humanitarian Award" will be presented that day at a ceremony at 1 p.m. Laurence "Sparky" Rector, recipient, is a retired teacher, coach and athletic director from Mexico Academy and Central School district. Serving in the United States Army in World War II, Rector participated in the operation to liberate the Dachau concentration camp in Germany in April 1945.

The award will also be given to Dr. Sandra Bargainner of DeWitt, the chairman of SUNY Oswego's Department of Health Promotion and Wellness. Bargainner and her family have hosted a Congolese refugee, a student at Fowler High School. She became a mentor and advocate for that student and several other African refugees in the Syracuse area who are friends of the student.

These recipients represent advocates for the plight of refugees past and present.

The Safe Haven Holocaust Refugee Shelter Museum is located at 2 East Seventh Street, Oswego. Admission is free both Saturday and Sunday, June 18 and 19. For more information contact George DeMass at 420-0000.


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