JewishGen Discussion Group #JewishGen Late Filipino President Manual Quezon Honored for Saving 1300 Jews During Holocaust #general

Jan Meisels Allen

Late Filipino President Manuel Quezon saved as many Jews during the
Holocaust as did Oskar Schindler. This week the Raul Wallenberg Foundation
honored Quezon posthumously.

President Quezon did this through his "open door" immigration policy which
was very controversial at the time. He was the Philippines first president,
and served during the 1930's. He learned about the problems Jews from
Eastern Europe were having -- the oppressive Nazi rulings-- >from his poker
playing friends, the-US Colonel Dwight D Eisenhower and an American Jewish
cigar maker, Herbert Friedler.

President Quezon set a target of 10,000 refugees to be welcomed to the
Philippines-but only 1,300 were able to take advantage before the Japanese
occupied the Philippines in 1941.

To read the story see:
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Jan Meisels Allen
Chairperson, IAJGS Public Records Access Monitoring Committee

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