Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust

Written by Russell Hodge and Cynthia Scott-Thomas, 2013, USA, 1:00, English


The five Frieder brothers, all Cincinnati businessmen making cheap cigars in pre-WWII Manila, form a high profile group of poker buddies playing with then Army Colonel Dwight Eisenhower, the fiery first President of the Philippines Manuel Quezon, and local overseer Paul McKnutt. This unlikely alliance leads to a miraculous turn of historical events in the war-torn Philippines. The plan to save over 1200 Jews from persecution in Nazi Germany, a strategy hatched out causally over a card game, is the focus of this remarkable and previously untold story of ambition and courage. Rescue in the Philippines seamlessly blends survivor interviews, archival footage, and expert filmmaking into a riveting account of the events that saved seemingly forgotten lives.