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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 appreciated. Seats are limited. RSVP in subject line to
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“Rescue in The Philippines” is a one-hour documentary of the previously untold story of how the five Frieder brothers, Cincinnati businessmen making two-for-a-nickel cigars in pre-WWII Manila, together with Manuel Quezon, the charismatic first president of the Philippines, Paul McNutt, US High Commissioner and former governor of Indiana (preparing for his own presidential campaign) and an ambitious Army Colonel named Dwight Eisenhower -  helped 1,200 Jews escape the Nazis and immigrate to the Philippines.

It all began playing cards and smoking cigars.

No one could have predicted that tropical afternoon and evening card games would lead to an intricate international plan of rescue and settlement. When no other country would take in the masses of fleeing Jews, they alone persevered simply because “it was the right thing to do.”

Pivotal was the extraordinary support of President Quezon who said, “(T)he people of the Philippines will have in the future every reason to be glad that when the time of need came, their country was willing to extend a hand of welcome.”

This is also the story of how a young nation – at considerable political risk – takes its seat at the table of nations by demonstrating moral courage equal to – at this time far superior to – larger, wealthier, stronger nations.

And this is the story of how one freedom loving fledgling democracy bonded with the world’s other freedom loving fledgling democracy – Israel.  On November 29, 1947, the Philippines cast the deciding U.N. vote in favor of Israeli statehood.  Today the Open Door monument stands in Israel commemorating the courage and bravery of the Philippines in their rescue of 1200 Jews.