Edited By Lucyna Aleksandrowicz-Pędich and Jacek Partyka
Jewminicanos and the Sosúa Settlement
Let us imagine, for instance, Turkish gast-arbeiters prowling the streets of West Germany, uncomprehending or envious of the surrounding reality. Or let us imagine Vietnamese boat people bobbing on high seas or already settled somewhere in the Australian outback. Let us imagine Mexican wetbacks crawling the ravines of southern California, past the border patrols into the territory of the United States. Or let us imagine shiploads of Pakistanis disembarking somewhere in Kuwait or Saudi Arabia, hungry for menial jobs the oil-rich locals won’t do. Let us imagine multitudes of Ethiopians trekking some desert on foot into Somalia—or is it the other way around?—escaping the famine. Well, we may stop here because that minute of imagining has already passed, although a great many could be added to this list (Brodsky).
As Joseph Brodsky suggests in the aforementioned quotation from his essay The Condition We Call Exile, his list seems to be incomplete, and the examples of the victims of exile can be multiplied. Their stories and testimonies speak, among other things, of cultural multiplicity, a dispersed sense of self, of identity, of the creation of multidiasporic existences, of wartime experience, and of their new homes. I would like to add to Brodsky’s list the story of Jewminicanos, as their history is one of the great rarely told stories of Holocaust refugees, almost unknown here (the name Jewminicanos is a blending of the English word Jews and the Spanish word Dominicanos, borrowed from the blog Memoirs...
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