One-Time Screening* | Free and open to the public
AN OPEN DOOR: Holocaust Haven in the Philippines
*Location subject to change dependent on COVID-19 protocols.
An Open Door: Holocaust Haven in the Philippines is a feature-length film on the uplifting story of how this U.S. Territorial island group rescued more than 1,300 European Jews, fleeing the Holocaust prior to 1941. Through the actions of their president, Manuel L. Quezon, in 1939, the Filipinos opened their doors to the refugees. Their surviving relatives now number more than 11,000.
The survivors remember the generosity and hospitality of the Filipinos. In an ironic twist, the Japanese invaded the land on December 8, 1941, the day after Pearl Harbor. The German Jews were considered to be just Germans by the invaders and were not, for the most part, rounded up and placed in camps. Those who remained free were able to give help and comfort to their imprisoned friends.
Winner Best Documentary Feature: London International Film Festival | White Nights Film Festival | Maykop International Film Festival | Madrid International Film Festival
This is the 29th annual Kristallnacht Interfaith Commemoration, sponsored to unite the community against prejudice.
Sponsored by: Holocaust Survivors & Friends Education Center, the Community Relations Council of Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York, and the Judaic Studies program at the University at Albany