Ronald Lauder of Jewish World Congress recognizes DR receiving Jewish refugees


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Feb 20, 2019

The Dominican Republic is recognized as the exception to all countries that gave their backs to Jewish refugee immigrants in the heydays of the Nazi regime. Ronald Lauder, president of the Jewish World Congress, recently had praise for the DR. He spoke of the Dominican Republic as the exception to the rule at a time when the US and European countries looked the other way to the plight of Jewish refugees. He spoke on 2 May 2021, addressing the audience congregated for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz concentration camp.

Lauder was referring to the Jewish settlement in Sosua, Puerto Plata.

Listen to the mention at:United with Israel

3 May 2021

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Apr 22, 2012
The Dominican Republic helped, yes. Let’s be realistic and recognize the role played by other Latin American countries in issuing entry to Jews during the Nazi regime. Mexico and Bolivia are named as two examples in the article cited below.

“...the Dominican Republic admitted only 645 Jews from 1938 to 1945 and the population of the Sosuá colony peaked at 476 residents in 1943. Nevertheless, the Dominican authorities issued around 5,000 visas to European Jews between 1938 and 1944, although a majority of the recipients never settled in the Dominican Republic. Still, these documents were central to their ability to flee Nazi occupied Europe.”