In a north-coast beach town, the story of a one-of-a-kind Jewish community.
Testament to a remarkable episode in Dominican history.
In the north-coast resort town of Sosúa, a short drive east of Puerto Plata, is a small museum attached to a synagogue, which documents and commemorates an unusual and still little known footnote in this country’s history. In any unlikely development in the late 1930s, the dictatorship of Rafael Trujillo became the only world government willing to accept significant numbers of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany (albeit not necessarily for altruistic reasons), and it was in this then banana plantation town that they settled (the actual number turned out to be less than a thousand, and today only several dozen families remain). It’s a moving, inspiring story of exile and safe haven that will lend another dimension to your Dominican beach and adventure holiday.
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