Philippine Premiere - Malacanang Palace, Aug. 7, 2014

“Rescue in the Philippines:Refuge from the Holocaust” reached a significant milestone in extending its worldwide reach with its Philippine Premiere on August 7th, 2014 at Malacanang Palace.  Hosted by President Benigno S. Aquino III, who was in attendance, other dignitaries present were US Ambassador to the Philippines, Philip Goldberg, as well as Israeli Embassy deputy of mission Adam Levine, and Philippine Secretary of Education Bro. Armin Luistro.

Joining us at the Palace were 3 survivors, all of whom are featured in the film, 19 members of the Frieder family, and 26 descendants of President Quezon, as well as executives from some of the largest companies doing business in the Philippines.

Video footage of comments made by executive director Russell Hodge, co-producers Barbara Sasser and Peggy Ellis, and President Aquino can be seen by clicking the links below.

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Russ Hodge

Barbara Sasser

Peggy Ellis

The President’s premiere is an important milestone in our journey thus far, however other goals are still to be achieved. Contact us if you would like to support any of the goals listed below. For more information on the goals click here.

Distribution of our Educational Guide to Schools throughout the USA

Broadcast of “Rescue” on International Television

Free online access to over 40 full length interviews rich with history and stories but no time to include in our 1 hour film.

October 2014 Screenings

October 2014 Screenings

Oct. 9 / Salisbury, MD / 7:00 pm / free and open to the public
Holloway Hall Auditorium, Salisbury University / 1101 Camden Ave, Salisbury, MD 21801
Talkback with Producer Peggy Ellis and SU History Professor Dean Kotlowski
Contact: Dean Kotlowski 410-543-6527

Oct. 15 / Washington, DC / 6:30 pm / by invitation only Embassy of the Philippines / 1600 Massachusetts Ave NW Discussion afterwards with Co-producers Peggy Ellis and Barbara Sasser, and Executive Director Russell Hodge Contact: Elmer Cato – – (202) 467-9300

Oct. 28 / El Segundo, CA / 11:30 am / members of the Filipino Employees Network Chevron El Segundo Refinery / 324 W. El Segundo Blvd., CRC – 2020B Discussion following by survivor Mary Farquhar Contact: Willie Sanders – 310-615-5807 Contact: Willie Castillo – 310-615-4194

Oct. 29 / Jacksonville, FL. / 3:00 – 5:00 pm / free and open to the public University of North Florida, Student Union West, Ballroom A and B / 1 University of North Fl Dr Program sponsored by We Filipinos Inc. and UNF Intercultural Center for Peace Light refreshments will be provided. Contact: Cheryl Carangue – –904 743 2360


“Rescue in The Philippines” is a one-hour documentary of the previously untold story of how the five Frieder brothers, Cincinnati businessmen making two-for-a-nickel cigars in pre-WWII Manila, together with Manuel Quezon, the charismatic first president of the Philippines, Paul McNutt, US High Commissioner and former governor of Indiana (preparing for his own presidential campaign) and an ambitious Army Colonel named Dwight Eisenhower -  helped 1,200 Jews escape the Nazis and immigrate to the Philippines.


What the critics are saying…

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.Austronesia