The Evian Conference and the Creation of a Jewish Legacy in the Dominican Republic

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A Jewish Heritage Center at NEHGS event in partnership with the Adams Street Shul
Presented by Hugh Baver
Adams Street Shul, 168 Adams Street, Newton, MA 02460
6:00 PM–7:30 PM, Cost: FREE

By 1938, nearly 150,000 German Jews had fled Nazi rule. Many sought refuge in the United States and elsewhere, but were turned away due to anti-Semitic immigration quotas and policies. In response to growing pressure, President Franklin D. Roosevelt convened the Évian Conference in Évian-les-Bains, France to discuss the fate of Europe’s fleeing Jews. Delegates from thirty-two countries met, but only one nation agreed to welcome these refugees: the Dominican Republic. Join Hugh Baver, Chairman of to learn more about the conference, "how he directed an "Evian Revisited 80th Anniversary Educational Symposium" this past July back in Evian, its context, content, outcomes, and participants—and how the settlement on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic, Sosúa, came to be.