Film on Philippines’ rescue of WWII Jews to premiere in SF


SAN FRANCISCO–The premiere of a historical documentary entitled “Rescue in the Philippines,” which shows the desperate plight of the Jewish Diaspora during WWII and how the Philippine government rescued some 1,200 Jews who fled Nazi Germany and Austria, will be held at The New Peoples Cinema in Japantown, San Francisco on April 7.

The one-hour film documents a previously untold story. Five Frieder brothers, Cincinnati businessmen making two-for-a-nickel cigars in pre-WWII Manila, got together with Manuel Quezon, the charismatic first president of the Philippines, Paul McNutt, U.S. High Commissioner and former governor of Indiana and an ambitious Army Colonel named Dwight Eisenhower. The group devised a scheme to help 1,200 German and Austrian Jews escape the Nazis and immigrate to the Philippines.

Conchita Applegate of the Philippines American Friendship Organization (PhilAm Friends) and Mary Farquhar, San Francisco coordinator for the film put the final touches on the preparations for the premiere, which their organizations are co-sponsoring.

Mary Farquhar’s Viennese parents were part of the fortunate group that was rescued and she sees the film as a major tribute and testament of gratitude to the Philippines for its heroic and generous action. Her family became Philippine citizens.

The Philippines has also welcomed and accommodated refugees from other major conflicts, including thousands of White Russians from the Russian Civil War (1919-1920), refugees from Mao’s post-WWII China, and hundreds of thousands of refugees from the Indochinese conflict, who were given a temporary home before going on to final resettlement in the U.S. plus other countries.

The premiere is on Sunday, April 7, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the New Peoples Theater on 1746 Post Street, San Francisco (Japantown). A reception and refreshments will follow the showing. There is no admission charge, but donations are apprecieate. Seats are limited. RSVP in subject line to

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  • makinagulingon_nasud

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    • iriga1_city1_boy1

      To makinagulingon_nasud:
      The article is about “Rescue” of 1,200 Jews from Nazi Germany and Austria.What has losing control by the police and media taking over have relevance (From National Geographic) to the article posted?

  • Natx Bacalzo

    hope some kind soul would youtube the film.

  • Dexter Salas

    Filipinos are really hospitable. Even at this level. It’s about time stuff like these are shown.

  • Yobhtron

    Hope the film will be featured in History Channel. I’m excited to see it.

  • iriga1_city1_boy1

    A message to the whole world and for anybody who read these:
    Yes,it’s true that the Philippines welcomed and accomodated the Indo-Chinese refugees during those fateful days in April 1975.I witnessed it at Naval Air Station in Cubi,Olongapo,Zambales.It was at the tail end of the simultaneous Operations Eagle Pull and Frequent Winds for Vietnam and Cambodia.We ,at the squadron ,even helped cordoned and tried to set up the area where the refugees were being processed.It was a distressing sight.Talking about incessant flow of people with suitcases,pots,pans,jewelries,crying children,old men and women,well heeled Vietnamese .I had seen scared people.Why won’t they.They were able to extricate out of Saigon and Pnom Phen on the last hours.The forces of Gen.Bui Tin and Giap were at the gates of Saigon.And that guy from Cambodia,Sosthene Fernandes gave in.The refugees,if my mind could recollect,were accomodated at Morong(near the Naval Magazine area).
    After they settled in the U.S.,these people thanked and appreciated the hospitality of our people.They told us that they were treated with dignity and respect by those Filipinos who worked at those refugee camps.And up to this day they keep trying to offer us to share their lunch because of gratitude.And invite us to their social gatherings.Unbelievable!!!
    Filipinos have soft hearts.If only some of our leaders get their “shirts” together,the country can really be great.
    The memory of Morong is still in us.On a vacation,I was able to pass by those camps in January.The gated Naval Station at the back has a road now all the way to the seaside town.And the fish can be bought from the shore for a hearty meal.

    • aspirin200

      A lady, who I thought was Filipino, selling souvenirs in front of the white house in DC turned out to be Vietnamese. She speaks perfect tagalog and she told me she was one of the over 3,000 vietnamese refugees who were given asylum in the US. She and her fellow refugees are grateful to the Philippines and reminisce kindly of their over three years stay at Morong.

      • iriga1_city1_boy1

        To aspirin200:
        The reason those refugees can communicate Tagalog because,I found out that the Filipinos were teaching them English and the National Dialect during their stay.Yes,those Indo-Chinese informed me about that in Florida.If I’m not mistaken Mrs. Marcos(Former First Lady) was involved in that Morong temporary resettlement.Other nations probably already made this episode a cinematic spectacle for the almighty “Dineros”,but we are Filipinos.
        We are a passive people.And we don’t gallop on a horse,ride into the sunset and brag about this humanitarian endeavor but we have some sterling qualities of how to interact with other nationalities that can make us fell good and fulfilling.As Ninoy said,”The Filipino is worth dying for”.
        We have imperfections but we can strive for the betterment of the motherland.

  • joboni96

    ang pilipino

    na inaabuso ng
    imperyalistang u.s. at
    hegemonistang intsik switik

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