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Rescue in the Philippines

Nearly two years ago, the IDF provided much-needed assistance to the people of the Philippines after the destruction caused by Typhoon Haiyan. Because of this Israeli-Filipino friendship, a New York Times op-ed recalled a moment in history when Filipinos played a lifesaving role in the Jewish people's time of greatest need:

Before World War II, we helped settle and care for Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany in Manila. The operation, hatched by a Jewish family named Frieder and approved by President Manuel L. Quezon, saved the lives of more than 1,000 people from almost certain death in the Holocaust.

While we know so well of the heroic actions of Oskar Schindler and others who harbored and rescued Jews during the Holocaust, this story may not be as well-known. Here is a preview of a documentary that tells how the cigar-making Frieder brothers from Cincinnati, the Filipino president Manuel Quezon, and a U.S. colonel named Dwight D. Eisenhower helped over a thousand Jews escape the Nazis and emigrate to the Philippines:

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