“Sosua: Pages Against Forgetfulness” (unofficial translation, book not available in English) is the last book published on the history of the community founded by a group of Jews escaping Nazi persecution in the 1930s.
The group settled in the quiet fishing village of Sosua, on the Dominican Republic’s north coast, after the government of dictator Rafael Trujillo decided to let them in. Writer Juli Josefine Wellisch Miller de Moncada, a descendant of the original settlers, tells the story of 36 survivors who found a new life in what is now a popular tourism destination.
Today, the oceanfront town of Sosua is situated 15 minutes from Puerto Plata’s international airport. Some of the stories included in the book are told, in some cases, by the original settlers.
The author explained that the reason why she decided to write the book was to tell the stories of the families that escaped from Nazi Europe, and found their way to this once secluded fishing village.
The book details the daily lives of the settlers, and is illustrated with photographs and details of each particular family.
The author was born in Sosua and studied Philosophy and Education in one of the country’s most prestigious universities.
She also has a Masters degree in Teacher Education from the State University of New York in Albany.
Sosua became famous when dictator Rafael Trujillo accepted the refugees. In 2015, the town commemorated the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the first Jewish immigrants.