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Arnstein Family - Safe Haven Refugee Interview
Series Title:
Safe Haven 50th Reunion
Scanlon, Scott ( Interviewer )
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Subjects / Keywords:
Safe Haven
Emergency Refugee Shelter at Fort Ontario
50th reunion
Safe Haven Inc.
Special Collections 2012.008.0012
Oral History


The Arnstein Family (Eva and Paul), recall fleeing their home in Zagreb, Yukoslavia on a fishing vessel first to British occupied Italy, then aboard the Henry Gibbons to Oswego They also recall the overwhelming feeling of relief at finally being safe. In Oswego they quickly became friends with fellow refugees from Yukoslavia. The Arnsteins fondly recall Oswego residents throwing gifts to them over the fence when they arrived, as well as the teachers at the Oswego High School. Eva also recalls being in the girl scouts Penfield Library, SUNY Oswego
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General Note:
On August 5-7th 1994 a 50th reunion was held for Safe Haven refugees and their families at the SUNY Oswego campus (Oswego, NY). The reunion was organized by Safe Haven Inc, a non-profit organization raising money to establish a permanent refugee museum at Fort Ontario. The reunion included religious services at Temple Adath Israel in Oswego, interviews, a dinner-dance, and three panel discussions held on the SUNY Oswego campus. The interviews were conducted Saturday, August 6th, 1994. Several were conducted by Safe Haven Inc. President Scott Scanlon. The refugees describe their hardships in Europe during WWII, their journey aboard the Henry Fitzgibbons, life in Oswego and at the refugee camp. They also discuss their lives after they became United States citizens. The following video interviews were digitized from archival VHS tapes by two Syracuse University interns at Penfield Library in 2012. These complement Safe Haven audio files ( and the Safe Haven bibliography (

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


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