“If we do not talk about it, if we do not remember, then the world will never know. And that has made me speak about it.”

—Henry Meyer, Holocaust Survivor

Rescue in the Philippines

Rescue in the Philippines Film Screening at the United Nations

Mark your calendars: Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust returns to New York City on Thursday, November 7th with a special screen at the United Nations headquarters from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The screen is a part of The Holocaust and the United Nations Outreach Programme’s film series. The United Nations is located at One United Nations Plaza at 47th Street and 1st Avenue in New York City.

This even is free to the public, though pre-registration will be required. To register, click the following link: www.un.org/holocaustremembrance.

The Washington DC Capitol screening will be November 12th at 6:30 pm and feature appearances by House Speaker John Boehner, Susan Eisenhower, Philippine Ambassador Jose Cuisia and Israel Ambassador Michael Oren. Registration is FREE and there are plenty of seats available. Invite your friends!  RSVP is mandatoryclick here to email.

For more information, visit RescueInThePhilippines.com.

New Documentary To Be Broadcast Starting April 2013 In Honor Of Holocaust Remembrance Month

A fascinating, but seldom-told, chapter of WWII history is recounted in a one-hour documentary, narrated by Liev Schrieber, that airs on public television stations nationwide beginning in April (.) Produced by 3 Roads Communications, “Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust,” is distributed by American Public Television (APT). The program will also air on WORLD, public television’s premier news and documentary channel, later in 2013.

The documentary chronicles an intricate international plan of rescue and resettlement that saved 1,300 Jews from certain death in Nazi concentration camps. In pre-war Manila, an unlikely mix of poker players gathered to save lives. Five Jewish-American cigar makers from Cincinnati. The president of the Philippines. A future president of the United States. A U.S.High Commissioner.

The high- profile group of poker buddies — Col. Dwight Eisenhower, First Philippine President Manuel Quezon, the U.S. High Commissioner Paul McNutt, and the Frieder brothers, Cincinnati businessmen who made two-for-a-nickel cigars in pre-World War II Manila – devised a plan.

“It’s one thing to sit around a card table and talk about a worrisome situation—even a dire situation. It’s quite another to actually take some action, and I think that’s why this is a story for all time.”
–Susan Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Each brought a specific expertise to the mission. Its success depended upon Quezon’s pivotal support, McNutt’s diplomatic expertise and political savvy, Eisenhower’s organizational skills and gift for strategy, and the Frieders’ ability, with the help of the Jewish community in Manila, to create new lives for a steady stream of desperate refugees.

“I think for my grandfather, it was perhaps that simple. You have a country. You have a little authority. You have an opportunity. Someone has asked for refuge—which is the most basic humanitarian appeal anyone can make. You answer it.”
–Manuel Quezon III, grandson of the late President Manuel Quezon

Meticulously researched, the documentary takes viewers on a fascinating journey of five American brothers from the Midwest who leveraged their political friendships in the Philippines to plot the rescue of as many Jewish refugees as possible.

Through interviews with historians, friends and relatives of participants, and first-person accounts from survivors who share their harrowing stories of escape to the Philippines, the documentary details how late-night poker games evolved into a call to action that saved hundreds of lives.

“Rescue”…(is) significant to our history and should be known to all.”

-Yaniv Revach, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Israel, Manila

This documentary is now available for instant digital download for $7 or can be rented for 48 hours for $4!

 

For more information about the film, or to purchase a copy, please visit www.rescueinthephilippines.com.

About 3 Roads–The producers from 3 Roads Communications have also brought the award-winning show “The Truth About Money with Ric Edelman”, “Legends of Airpower”, and “For the Love of their Brother” to public television stations. Their newest documentary will bring you around the globe, giving you first-hand accounts of this compelling story.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Cynthia Scott
3 Roads Communications
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APT CONTACT: Dawn Anderson,
American Public Television (APT) (617) 338-4455, ext. 149 dawn_anderson@APTonline.org