Oswego's Guests

After putting it off for a year, the U.S. had to face a new kind of problem in D.P.s—displaced persons. The problem was small in bulk—only 970 war refugees were affected. But it gave some U.S. citizens a glimpse of what Europe—which counts its displaced persons in the millions—now has on its hands.

The refugees came to the U.S. and to Oswego, N.Y., in August 1944. President Roosevelt invited them; Oswego did not. What he intended was that the New World, giving them a haven, should bear its token share of the Old World's refugee burden. As their part of...

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