Jewish Filipino History
June 29, 2009 6:24am CST
During 1930's and 1940's when the Jewish people were fleeing form the Nazi's wrath (Holocaust),the Filipino Commonwealth Government through President Manuel L. Quezon Opened our doors for the Jewish refugees when a lot of nations are refusing them. And recently a monument designed by Jun Yee, a Filipino artist, was constructed in inauguration of this heroic deed - the Filipino Hospitality and Courage. It is located of Rishon LeZion (City of Firsts) at the Holocaust Memorial Park. The monument is composed of three doors of increasing heights opening inwards forming a triangle and on each door are found footprints of the three persons: George Loewenstein, one of the thousand Jews who sought refuge in the Philippines; Max Weissler, who arrived in Manila in 1941 at the age of 11from Germany; and Doryliz Goffer, a Filipino-Israeli child born in the Philippines. I want to express my gratitude to this heroic deed our forefathers did.
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2 Jul 09
This is a new to me too. We have lots of history classes in school and this was never mentioned. Do our history writers think this deed is insignificant that they omitted it in our history books? Or do they think it is best to say nothing about this matter least we earn the ire of the Palestinian nations and lost our oil supply? This is an interesting story to follow-up. I hope our historians will write more about this matter.
1 Jul 09
well, its a great thing they did that but what happened to those thousands of jews who fled to this country? i still haven't heard of a jewish school or even a jewish rabbi here in the philippines. did they fled to israel after the war. because this is what happened around the world, massive numbers of jews came back to israel after the war
29 Jun 09
That is something in the past I haven't known. But I know in our province there is a Jewish family and they live quite abundantly in my place. I just do not know if they are the product of that Jewish Filipino History. That kind ot story does not go in the History books. I never learned that our Government did open its doors to the Jewish people to be accommodated in our culture.