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Kristallnacht Interfaith Commemoration - Screening of An Open Door: Holocaust Haven in the Philippines

  • 09 Nov 2021
  • 7:00 PM
  • Page Hall, University at Albany downtown campus 135 Western Ave, Albany, New York
Kristallnacht Interfaith Commemoration
One-Time Screening |Free and open to the public]

An Open Door: Holocaust Haven in the Philippines

Tuesday, November 9, 2021, 7:00 PM

Page Hall, University at Albany downtown campus
135 Western Avenue, Albany, New York*

*Subject to change dependent on COVID-19 protocols.

This 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 FestivalMaykop International Film Festival | Madrid International Film Festival

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 One-Time Screening | Free and open to the publicTuesday, November 9, 2021, 7:00 PM

Special thanks to all who made this film possible

This is the 29th annual Kristallnacht Interfaith Commemoration, sponsored to unite the community against prejudice.


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