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August 06, 1993 - Image 72

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1993-08-06

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One Day Tour to:

em

in Washington D.C..

August 24, 1993

17

90

Per Person. Please add $3 to the above for
Detroit Airport Passenger Facility Charge

Via:

Airlines

Flight limes:

Depart Detroit 9:00 AM
Arrive Washington D.C. 10:30 AM
Depart Washington D.C. 9:00 PM
Arrive Detroit 10:30 PM

Tunes subject to change. Please check with
your travel agent.

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• Bus Transportation from airport
to museum and back
• Museum Entry Tickets
• Federal Excise Tax
I Tour the:
U.S. Holocaust Memorial
• Museum
• Wexner Learning Center
Story
• Daniel's
Remember
the Children Exhibit

Wall of Remembrance
Hall of Remembrance

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ruises often provide
a comfortable way to
sample various coun-
tries.
Our first port, Puerto Plata
in the Dominican Republic
(now called Dominicana), was
disappointing. However, we
journeyed to Sosua, a nearby
town about a 15-minute drive
from the major hotels and
found a valuable story.
We originally learned of the
town's development from Elsa
Beller, 91. In the late 1930s,
as some became aware of the
Nazi threat to Jews, immigra-
tion laws prevented accep-
tance of those trying to
escape.
President Franklin D.
Roosevelt convened an inter-
national conference in Evian,
France, in 1938, with more
than 30 countries par-
ticipating. The only one offer-
ing refuge to the Jews was the
Dominican Republic, govern-
ed by dictator Rafael Trujillo.
He invited 100,000 Jews. In
1940, HIAS transported 600
Jewish refugees, who were
guaranteed full religious and
other freedoms, with equal
opportunities and rights. The
only condition — the group
must work in agriculture.
In 1990, when celebrating
the 50th anniversary of their
arrival, the community open-
ed a museum next to the
synagogue, exhibiting
photographs of the original
moshav-like settlement.
Ms. Beller, her husband
Walter and daughter were
among those who emigrated
from Vienna. The families
established Cilca, a meat and
cheese cooperative company

still belonging to the Jewish
community. One factory pro-
duced dairy products; the
other processed meats such as
salami and sausage. The pro-
ject also brought employment
to many unemployed
Dominicans.
The community created the
Christofer Colon School,
which maintained a fine
academic reputation, and a
hospital, pharmacy, bakery
and other enterprises.
Gradually, however, after the
war, some returned to Europe.
Others moved to U.S. cities
and some intermarried. To-
day only about 25 Jewish
families remain; most men
have Dominican wives.
Next to the museum stands
the dairy cooperative, Com-

Willemstad,
Curacao, appears
the Caribbean's
most European
city.

pania Industrial Leche;
although today some of the
Jews own hotels, they all still
own dairy farms and have
shares in the dairy
cooperative. Both industries
still function.
Willemstad, Curacao, pro-
vided one of the best Jewish
rewards of the cruise in the
Punda, or downtown, section.
Arguably the Caribbean's
most European city, the
buildings were fashioned by
Dutch settlers with gables as

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