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. 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, as well as teamwork, perseverance, and creativity, they rescued approximately 1,300 Jewish refugees.

RESCUE IN THE PHILIPPINES: AN UPSTANDER STORY
Extension Activity
Rescue in the Philippines: An Upstander Story is an asynchronous or synchronous activity that emphasizes the importance of using one’s character strengths to be an Upstander through the plight of refugees in Germany in the 1930’s, and the group of men in the Philippines who came together to rescue them.

For information on the feature-length documentary Rescue in the Philippines film, click here.