Philippine Premiere - Malacanan 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 Levene, 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.

President Aquino lll

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.

November 2014 Screenings

November 2014 Screenings

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

Nov. 9 / Columbus, OH / 1:30 pm / Columbus Jewish Film Festival
Drexel Theatre, 2254 E. Main St., Columbus, OH 43209
Q & A with Aurora Avencena Waddell, granddaughter of Philippine President Quezon,
and resident of Columbus, OH
Contact: Emily Schuss 614-559-6205
See festival website for ticket information:

Nov. 18 / Shannondell, PA / 10:30 am / members only
Sponsor: The Jewish Interest Group of Shannondell
Discussion afterwards with survivor Jacques Lipetz
Contact: Sid Tessler – – (610) 382-7256

Nov. 24 / Cherry Hill, NJ / 7:00 pm / Adult Education program
Congregation M’Kor Shalom / 850 E. Evesham Rd
Contact: Martin Schwartz: 856-424-4220


“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…

In the year when the MS St. Louis was rejected by all the countries where it sought refuge, the Philippine Commonwealth accepted 1,300 Jews and was willing to accept as much as 10,000 more if the US State Department had allowed its commonwealth to do so.Inquirer Global Nation