In the devastating aftermath of the January 12th earthquake in Haiti, many Jews felt a measure of pride when they turned on their televisions to see Israeli medical teams on the scene. But for some the sight evoked an important and nearly forgotten era 60 years ago.
For those Jews, Haiti was more than a troubled Caribbean nation struggling against hunger and poverty and now disaster — it was the nation that saved their lives when they found door after door closed to them as they tried to flee Nazi Europe.“ I was 4 years old when I escaped from Germany and went to live in Haiti for a year, until immigrating to New York,” said Bill Mohr of Menlo Park.“I do not know what would have happened if Haiti had not opened its doors to those fleeing the Holocaust.”