A Story of Moral Courage
During a time when the Jewish population of Germany was being stripped of their rights, dignity, and humanity, Nazi policies created the need for emigration among Jews. Those who were able sought safety elsewhere but were met with bureaucratic hurdles and indifference, blocking their efforts toward immigration to the United States, Britain, and Palestine. Desperate, many turned to places like China, Africa, Latin America, or anywhere they would be welcome.
In the Pacific, a group of individuals empathetic to the plight of Jewish refugees banded together and drafted a plan to bring German Jews to the Philippines. The group included the Frieder brothers, cigar makers from Cincinnati; Paul McNutt, former Governor of Indiana and acting High Commissioner of the Philippines; and Manuel Quezon, President of the Philippines. Using their social, political, and economic influence, they rescued approximately 1,300 Jewish refugees.
Rescue in the Philippines DVD and Study Guide
The educational version of the film is divided into chapters, enabling educators to adopt the story into their existing units and class schedules. The study guide’s lessons and activities focus on primary source documents, encouraging critical thinking while enhancing reading and writing skills using testimony from survivors, descendants, and historians.