16 November 2018 - 8 Kislev 5779 - ח' כסלו ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Launch of comic book brings together the families of a rescuer and the rescued E-mail

The launch of a special comic book in Manila in August honoured a significant moment in the history of the Philippines and its heroic support of the Jewish community.

Titled: “Open Doors, Open Hearts – the story of how Manuel L. Quezon and the Philippines saved 1,300 Jewish souls from the Holocaust”, the comic book tells the story of the “Open Door” policy initiated by Manuel L. Quezon on the eve of WWII, and the rescue of 1,300 Jewish souls from the Holocaust. Quezon was president of the Philippines from 1935 to 1944.

Guests at the launch event included members of the Quezon family (the savers) and the Hahn family (the saved), Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, Israel’s Ambassador to the Philippines Effie Ben Matityau, and the creative team who produced the comic book, led by Sarge Lacuesta.

For the first time, Manuel Quezon’s daughter Nini Quezon-Avanceña met Leticia Hahn, who married a son of one of the refugees and raised a family.

2017 marks the 80th anniversary of an extraordinary humanitarian story. At its heart is the moral victory of the Philippines, in contrast to the moral collapse of many nations that considered themselves enlightened. With the rise of Nazi Germany, the world was facing the darkest chapter in human history.

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