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April 9, 2002
OSWEGO -- Ruth Gruber, author of "Haven: The Dramatic Story of 1000 World War II Refugees and How They Came to America," will return to Oswego for a series of special events later this month.
The book details Gruber's mission to secretly escort nearly 1,000 refugees of the Nazi Holocaust from war-torn Europe to a temporary haven at Oswego's Fort Ontario. It was the only shelter in the United States offered to these refugees. Her book was the basis of CBS' "Haven" miniseries last year.
Through Oswego Reading Initiative at SUNY Oswego, Gruber's "Haven" was selected to be recommended for members of the campus community to read and discuss this semester. In recognition of this selection, Gruber will be the guest of honor at an ORI reception from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 23, in the college's Hewitt Union formal lounge. The public is invited to the admission-free reception.
The book was made an inaugural selection because it addresses important issues, including prejudice, tolerance and diversity; gives students who are new to Oswego a sense of Oswego’s history; and has wide appeal and applicability, judges said.
Gruber will also be the keynote speaker for the college's Honors Convocation on April 24. There is no admission charge for this event, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Hewitt Union ballroom.
Presented by Vega, the women's honor society at SUNY Oswego, the Honors Convocation features a formal academic procession and awards for nearly 100 students.
That night, Gruber will be the featured speaker for a dinner benefiting Oswego's Safe Haven museum project. This fund-raiser will begin at 6:15 p.m. in Sheldon Hall. Tickets for this event are $35 per person and can be obtained by calling the Oswego Alumni Office at 312-3003.
The former journalist was most recently in Oswego to receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree from the State University of New York during commencement ceremonies last May. During her 90 years, she has written 14 books, given hundreds of talks and received many awards.
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