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In 1944, 982 Jewish refugees arrived from parts of Southern and Eastern Europe to Fort Ontario in Oswego, NY. These were the only refugees the United States took in during World War II. They lived in the Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter for a year before President Harry Truman granted them resident status at the end of the war.
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Image Credit: Refugees Registering at the Fort Ontario Refugee Camp, August 1944. Photo by Hikaru Iwasaki, photographer, US Dept. of the Interior. Public domain, courtesy National.