A Special Typhoon Haiyan Relief Fund
On November 7th “Rescue in the Philippines” was shown at the United Nations. Later that same evening Typhoon Haiyan made landfall in the Philippines.
In response to Typhoon Haiyan’s horrific devastation, The Jewish Distribution Committee is assisting with relief efforts. We have arranged for a dedicated account through the JDC for those connected to the Rescue in the Philippines story. JDC continues their 75 year connection with the Philippines – first assisting with the Rescue to today’s relief efforts.
Your assistance will not only provide desperately needed relief but also honor President Manuel L. Quezon and the people of the Philippines for accepting 1300 Jews when almost no other county had the will and moral courage to do so.
President Quezon said in 1940, “It is my hope and indeed my expectations that the people of the Philippines will have in the future every reason to be glad when the time of need came their country extended a hand of welcome” It is now our turn to extend our hand to them in their time of need.
To be credited to our group, please donate by check.
Please make checks payable to:
JDC Typhoon Haiyan Relief and transmit to:
711 3rd Ave
New York, NY. 10017
Should you wish to donate online, or by phone (212-687-6200), please feel free to do so.
What the critics are saying…
Although it runs just under an hour, the gripping documentary “Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge From the Holocaust” proves a thorough look at a lesser-known chapter in Holocaust-era history.
Though of different faiths and cultural backgrounds, the team worked together to extricate Jews from Germany and Austria, issue visas and bring them to Manila. It wasn’t easy. The noose had already started to tighten around the Jews of Europe, and the State Department wasn’t keen on the rescue effort.
Who could have imagined that cigars and poker would be the main ingredients in the recipe of rescue of Jews on the cusp of World War II? Narrated by Liev Schreiber and with a promo quote from Eisenhower’s granddaughter, Susan Eisenhower as “A story for all time,” this 3 Roads Communications film puts the gutsy president Quezon on the map as a Righteous Gentile alongside Oskar Schindler.
Narrated by the ubiquitous documentary voice of Liev Schreiber—the story receives a gripping, uplifting treatment that reminds us that there are still yet unsung heroes of this tragic chapter in human history. This hour-long film details the noble efforts of a fascinatingly disparate group of figures–ranging from that country’s first president, Manuel Quezon, to a quintet of Jewish cigar manufacturer siblings from Cincinnati—to step where many other countries feared to tread.
Painstakingly researched, finely crafted – and entertaining to boot – Rescue in the Philippines shares a story that has to be seen to be believed. With all of the drama usually reserved for a Hollywood art film, Rescue in the Philippines will inspire you with its heights of human compassion, and horrify you with it’s antithesis: The horrors of war and the destruction of the Nazi menace.
Holocaust Heroism in the Philippines: The fascinating documentary “Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge From the Holocaust,” with narration by Liev Schreiber, recounts a little-known chapter of World War II heroism that is as heartbreaking as it is courageous. While much of the world was reluctant to help early victims of Nazi Germany, an effort devised in Manila during late-night poker games eventually delivered more than 1,200 European Jews to safety in the tropics.
The world knows about Austrian industrialist Oskar Schindler and how he saved 1,100 Polish Jews during WWII by hiring them as workers in his factory because of Steven Spielberg’s Schindler’s List which received the 1993 Oscar for Best Picture. This month, the world will know about Philippine Commonwealth Pres. Manuel L. Quezon and how he helped 1,305 German Jews escape Nazi persecution in 1939 by providing them with visas and safe shelter in the Philippines because of a documentary, Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge From the Holocaust, being shown in PBS stations throughout the US.
It’s likely that none but the most ardent scholars are aware of the role the Philippines played in saving Jewish lives while much of the rest of the world looked the other way. – a chilling observation by one survivor – “How could anyone have known that [the horror of Nazi Germany] would get to be what it did?” she asks. “And you know what? I think it could happen again anywhere.”
The fascinating documentary “Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge From the Holocaust,” with narration by Liev Schreiber, recounts a little-known chapter of World War II heroism that is as heartbreaking as it is courageous.
What the film most powerfully illustrates is how the vagaries and variables of seemingly unconnected events (Japan’s conquest of China in 1937, a year before Kristallnacht) and unimportant human connections (the poker games President Quezon hosted, with guests including U.S. politicians and the Frieders) can converge in ways that change the course of history.