“Tolerance is what keeps humanity together, I believe.”

—Anne Willem Meijer, Member of the Dutch Resistance

Rescue in the Philippines

You may have heard of Raoul Wallenberg or Oskar Schindler, but did you know that a Cincinnati family rescued over 1,300 Jews from Nazi-occupied Europe during the Holocaust? A documentary film project by The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, produced by 3 Roads Communications with Frieder Films as consultants, hopes to share this little known story with the world! The Film project is now in post-production, with a distribution expected in the spring.

Rescue in the Philippines will tell the story of the rescue at the brink of World War II.  The Frieder brothers were Americans working in their cigar manufacturing business in Manila from the 1920s to the 1940’s.  They played cards with Manuel Quezon, the President of thePhilippines, and Paul V. McNutt, the United States’ High Commissioner to the Philippines.   Manuel Quezon, a Catholic president of a predominately Catholic country, donated his personal land for resettlement, and convinced his not so enthusiastic government to allow thousands of Jewish refugees in.  Paul V. McNutt, a Protestant, helped side-step the United States immigration quota system to allow those rescued from Germany and Austria to enter the Philippines.  These men from different cultures and religions navigated and overcame political, social, and religious obstacles to successfully rescue 1,300 Jews before the doors to emigration out of Germany were closed.

The film project has conducted numerous interviews, and is moving steadily along. We can’t wait to share more information in the coming months! To learn and watch more, please visit the Rescue in the Philippines website. Please feel free to contact the granddaughters of Alex and Morris Frieder, senior consultants to the film, for more information.

Barbara Weston Sasser (bwsasser@gmail.com)

Peggy Ellis (peggy.ellis1@comcast.net)