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An Open Door: Amazing Story of Jewish Rescue in the Philippines

When the world closed its doors to refugees, President Manuel Quezon saved 1200 Jews fleeing Nazi Germany.

An Open Door is a feature-length documentary on the uplifting story of how a small Asian nation was able to save 1,200 Jews as they fled the pogroms of Nazi Germany. It is written, produced and directed by award-winning filmmaker Noel M. Izon and co-produced by author Sharon Delmendo. It is the story of a deep and improbable, international friendship borne of common adversity and intense love for freedom. Together, Filipinos and Jews struggled, endured and ultimately prevailed against overwhelming odds.

Noel M. Izon is an independent filmmaker based in the Washington, DC area. He was born in Manila in the first year of the Philippine independence after World War II and is now an American citizen.
 

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Visitor Comments: 5

(5) Anonymous, February 7, 2017 4:33 AM

from the philippines

I am from the Philippines,only 50 years old. i wasn't there during the war, but if i had the chance to save 1 or more Jews i would. God bless Israel and all the Jews.

(4) barbara singer-meis, February 6, 2017 6:32 AM

It is always wonderful to continue to learn of the kindness & compassion shown for Jews during the time of the Shoah.
It is a pity the current Philipine president has none but murder & ego.

(3) Joel, February 5, 2017 6:58 PM

An Example of a Nation Doing what's Right

It's beautiful to see an example of a country choose to do what is right to save human lives in grave danger, rather than succumb to hatred or fear of the "other."

(2) Anonymous, February 5, 2017 3:30 PM

True Neighbors

A helping hand does not see the labels and categories that the world uses. It only sees a need. It realizes that we are all the same: we are all humans.

(1) Shalhevet, February 5, 2017 11:13 AM

Wow!

wow!

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