I am very familiar with Philippinos as I am with Israelis. We are a family of three citizenships – Israeli, Philippines, and American, This appreciation for the help that the Israelis have given, the genuiness and simple joy of the children and the adults, and the Israeli sincere appreciation of the people of the Philippines whom they met and served is heartwarming, and real. Thanks be to God!
Comment by Bert Schlossberg — November 28, 2013 @ 5:54 AM
The little known part that the Philippenes played in rescuing Jews from the Nazis. And now the Israelis are doing their part –
Manuel Luis Quezón (August 19, 1878 – August 1, 1944) served as president of the Commonwealth of the Philippines from 1935 to 1944.
Did you know that the president of the Philippines at great risk to himself gave refuge to the Jews and maintained the refuge even though the German Reich would demand of the later occupying Japanese the hand over of all Jews given refuge?
While the German industrialist Oskar Schindler became famous due to Oscar-winning 1993 Steven Spielberg film Schindler’s List about his saving 1,200 European Jews from Adolf Hitler’s Holocaust, halfway around the globe a group of poker-playing friends in the Philippines, staring in the late 1930s, began planning the steps which eventually saved about 1,500 Jews.
In 1940, Philippine President Manuel L. Quezon decided to execute this plan that resulted in his country giving shelter to Jewish refugees. "On the day a ship arrived carrying 300 Jewish refugees from Nazi oppression, Quezon gave a speech in which he condemned the Nazi persecution – an act that many heads of state avoided. The speech led the German consul to the Philippines to protest the president's offending the honor of the German Reich, but Quezon nevertheless offered shelter to 10,000 Jews. Eventually, 1,500 took refuge on the islands" -Jerusalem Post
The dramatic rescue plan for the Jews was devised by three men who mapped out a strategy over weekend nights playing poker and smoking cigars. They were 3 Jews and 2 Gentiles: These 5 were – President Quezon, who would sanction the Jews’ official entry and even donate his own land in Marikina and Mindanao for their settlements (he would also oppose and shame fellow Philippinos in government who resisted the refuge fearing that it would go ill for them); American High Commissioner to the Philippines Paul McNutt, who risked his political career convincing US government officials to issue thousands of working visas for Jews to the Philippines; and Herbert Frieder and his sons, Jewish owners of the Philippine-based Helena Cigar and Cigarette Factory, who provided jobs in their factory for the Jews, raised money to transport them to Manila, found them housing and schools for their children. The lesson – Never say nothing can be done, somewhere there is a start!
Comment by Bert Schlossberg — November 28, 2013 @ 6:03 AM
The people of the Philippines are thankful to Israel for the assistance provided in the aftermath of the typhoon which devastated their nation
THE Philippine people are teaching their children (who by the way saw it first hand) that ISRAEL and JEWS saved them when they needed it…this promotes friendship and brotherhood between nations….THE ARABS keep it a big big secret from their ignorant masses that the JEWS/Israel help them and not only that the arabs teach horrible hatred of the Jews and that the masses must KILL Jews and they get heaven with 70 virgins to abuse at their pleasure. We should INSIST that if we give any help to the Arabs that they must mention it to their children in their schools and must mention it on their tv and in their newspapers with NO hatred no properganda…just true reporting….and indeed they must stop their teaching hatred of the Jews and of Israel or we simply do NOT help them! and the can go to other arab nations for their help (yeah right! like they can get help from anyone else but Israel and the Jews ! )