The Israeli premiere is an important milestone in our journey thus far, however other goals are still to be achieved. 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
Premiere – Yad Vashem November 24, 2015
“Rescue in the Philippines:Refuge from the Holocaust” reached another significant milestone in extending its worldwide reach with its Premiere in Israel at Yad Vashem on November 24th, 2015. Presented in partnership with the Philippine Embassy in Israel, VIPs in attendance were Philippine Ambassador Neal Imperial, Senior Assistant to the Chairman of Yad Vashem Mr. Yossi Genir, Producer of “Rescue” Dr. Barbara Sassser, Senior Historian at Yad Vashem Dr. David Silberklang,, Executive Director or The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, Sarah Weiss, and refugee Margot Pins Kestenbaum, who now lives in Israel.
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The Israeli premiere is an important milestone in our journey thus far, however other goals are still to be achieved.
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
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.
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.
This Untold Saga Involving Presidents, Cigars, and Poker, Tells a Gripping and Inspirational True Story of Moral Courage.
Rating 100% If every war is a thousand rolling tragedies, then the flip side of such conflict is also the opportunities it provides for humanity to showcase the better angels of its nature. Brent Simon, “Riveting and vital” Avi Offer
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.
As children, Jane Frieder Ellis and Alice Frieder Weston could hear their fathers’ poker games from their bedroom in their Manila home. But the cousins didn’t know the high-stakes discussions going on during those smoke-filled sessions.
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.
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.
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.
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.