Material Information

Tape 269 Oral History Program
Series Title:
Oral Histories: Emergency Refugee Shelter at Fort Ontario (Safe Haven)
Baron, Lawrence ( Interviewer )
WRVO (NPR, Oswego, NY)
Publication Date:
Physical Description:
Side A - (29.2 MB) Side B - (12.3 MB) Transcript


Subjects / Keywords:
Emergency Refugee Shelter at Fort Ontario
Safe Haven
Oral History
MS 131
Special Collections 2001.007.0001
Safe Haven Oral History Program


Interview with three former residents of the Emergency Refugee Shelter at Fort Ontario. Morice Kamhi discusses his experience in Europe during World War II and his life at Fort Ontario. Leon Levitch, pianist and student of music before arriving at Fort Ontario, discusses school, piano tuning, working with two pianists who were also residents, and establishing a chorus at Fort Ontario. Fredi Baum discusses experiences and general information about Fort Ontario and the community. Newspaper columnist Samuel Grafton discusses his New York Post article concerning immigration during World War II and his conversations with President Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Publication Status:
General Note:
This interview is a part of the Safe Haven Oral History Program. The interviews were conducted by Lawrence Baron, an adjunct professor from Saint Lawrence University (Canton, NY), in conjunction with WRVO (NPR, Oswego, NY) in 1984. All Safe Haven interviews in this collection were done in connection with the Refugees' 40th reunion in New York City and contain interviews with and about Fort Ontario Refugees. These interviews were made to generate Haven from the Holocaust, a one-hour radio documentary about the refugees and the people involved with them ( The documentary is a production of WSLU-FM, North Country Public Radio, St. Lawrence University, Canton, NY. Jackie Sauter, Executive Producer. Beverly Hickman, Producer. Dr. Lawrence Baron, Researcher & Script Consultant. The interviews were originally recorded on audiocassette tapes with little quality control. The recordings contain many deformities and the interviews tend to end abruptly. Transcripts are provided for all recordings. Interviews were digitized from the audiocassette tapes in 2004 and 2005 by SUNY Oswego students as part of a class project. The sound files linked below are .mp3 files; .wav files are available upon request.

Record Information

Source Institution:
SUNY Oswego Institution
Holding Location:
SUNY Oswego Institution
Rights Management:
All rights reserved by the source institution.