caricature artist Max Sipser

Jan. 27 Program Focuses on Art and Artists of the Fort Ontario Refugee Shelter

Oswego, N.Y. - A panel of historians will commemorate International Holocaust Remembrance Day Friday,  Jan. 27 with an illustrated program on the Art and Artists of the Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter (1944-1946). The program will be presented by Rebecca Fisher, Fort Ontario Site Supervisor Paul Lear, and Frank Sorranno at 7 p.m. in the Frances Marion Brown Theatre in Oswego.


"This program is part of worldwide International Holocaust Remembrance Day activities and will explore the lives and works of artists, sculptors, caricaturists, and cartoon artists at the only shelter in the United States for victims of the Holocaust during World War II," said Lear. "International Holocaust Remembrance Day is an international memorial day for victims of the Holocaust established by the United Nations in 2005. It is observed annually on Jan. 27, the day in 1945 when Soviet troops liberated Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp of the war."

Highlights of the program will include images of the works of Russian painter Olga Mikhailoff, drawings from the "Ontario Chronicle" shelter newspaper by Austrian caricaturist and cartoonist Max Sipser, a portraiture drawing of an Oswego resident by Russian painter Baron Vladimir von Zabotin, sculptural work created by Expressionist sculptress Miriam Sommerberg, and the art of Margarete Ehrenstamm.

The historic Frances Marion Brown Theatre is located in the 1905 red brick army quartermaster building at the north end of East Fourth Street in the City of Oswego. There is plenty of free parking available.

For more information on the Jan. 27 program, contact Lear at Fort Ontario at 315-343-4711 or email

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Photo caption:

Photograph of caricature artist Max Sipser at the Fort Ontario Emergency Refugee Shelter.  The art and artworks of Austrian born refugee Max Sipser and others at the only refugee shelter for victims of the Holocaust in the U.S. during World War II will be featured during the 7 p.m. Jan.  27 program at the historic Francis Marion Brown Theater in Oswego. 





Janet Clerkin
Oswego County Tourism and
Public Information Coordinator