The Jewish Rescue
In 1939, President Manuel L. Quezon opened the doors of the Philippines to 1,300 Jews escaping the Holocaust in Europe before the war erupted. This started the close friendship of Jews and Filipinos, which is commemorated through the Open Doors Monument in Tel Aviv.
In 2013, a documentary entitled Rescue in the Philippines shared the untold story of this Jewish rescue in Manila. It was heartwarming to hear the stories of Holocaust survivors who were based in Manila and how Filipinos warmly accepted them like their own family.
In November 2013, Danny Pins, who is the son of a Holocaust Survivor in Manila, Margot Casell Pins, joined the American-Jewish Joint Distribution Committee to be the first ones on the ground in Tacloban and help the Typhoon Haiyan Victims.
He wrote a beautiful story in the Wall Street Journal entitled: “A Christmas Story of Philippine Charity Repaid“. I was crying by the time I finished reading the article.
In 2014, the Israelis also showed their support for our own kababayan Rose Fostanes to win the reality singing competition X Factor Israel.
Thank you, Philippines!
This 2015, this close Jewish-Filipino friendship is the inspiration behind the Embassy of Israel’s “Thank You, Philippines!” campaign. It started with the launch of the commemorative Philippine-Israel stamp featuring the Open Doors monument.
On February 26 at 7pm, Rose Fostanes is leading the Thank You, Philippines Jazz Fest at the Music Museum to celebrate the historical friendship between Israel and the Philippines.
This year’s Jazz Festival coincides with the commemoration of the 70th year of the end of World War II, as well as the liberation of Manila. It will highlight the Philippines’ role in the rescue of 1,300 Jewish people from the Holocaust.
Join us as we celebrate this Jewish-Filipino friendship in this Free Thank You concert.
(To reserve tickets to the free concert, please call +632 883-9500 or email [email protected] no later than Monday, 23 February 2015.)
Here are some additional information about the “Thank You, Philippines” Banner Program…