Tropical Zion: The Jews of Sousa, Dominican Republic

October 17, 2023 Chandler Free
Courtesy of EVJCC
Courtesy of EVJCC

It is one of the most inspirational – yet often forgotten – stories of Jewish survival during the Holocaust. In the early 1940s, the Dominican Republic was the only sovereign country to accept large numbers of Jewish refugees. About 750 German and Austrian Jews found a safe haven on an abandoned banana plantation in a town called Sosua on the Dominican Republic’s northern coast.  Travel journalist Dan Fellner has visited Sosua, interviewed original settlers and observed firsthand the fascinating remnants of Jewish life in this unconventional colony that’s become known as “Tropical Zion.”

About the Speaker

Dan Fellner is a freelance travel journalist and photographer based in Scottsdale. He is a faculty associate at Arizona State University and an eight-time Fulbright Fellow who has taught journalism at universities in seven different countries. He specializes in writing about unique Jewish communities in far-flung places.  Dan’s articles have appeared in such publications as the Jerusalem Post, USA Today, the Washington Post and Hadassah Magazine.


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