GUEST PANEL: THE LASTING SIGNIFICANCE OF EVIAN AND THE SOSUA SETTLEMENT
Distinguished MSU alumni Hugh Baver and Dr. Dennis Laffer will present on the 1938 Evian Conference and subsequent 1940 Sosua settlement on the North Coast of the Dominican Republic. This conference, convened by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, decided the fate of the fleeing and displaced European Jews. Included in the discussion will be the historical background on why the conference was convened, its content, participants, outcomes; they will also examine the motivations behind then dictator Rafael Trujillo’s decision to admit Jewish refugees. Finally, they will discuss the Jewish refugees’ experience in building a new life. Co-sponsored by the College of Arts and Letters and James Madison College.