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President Manuel L. Quezon is Israeli Hero, Too

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In 1945, at the end of World War II, Hitler and his Nazi had killed more than 6 million Jews in Europe. But in 1939, when the Jews and their families were fleeing Europe at a time when several countries refused to open their doors to them, the Philippines did the highly risky and the unlikely. Through President Manuel L. Quezon, the Philippines opened its doors and nation’s heart to the fleeing and persecuted Jews. Quezon offered to absorb 10,000 European Jewish refugees but only 1,200 Jews and their families made it to Manila.

Last 21 June 2010, or 70 years later, the first ever monument honoring Quezon and the Filipino nation for this “open door policy” was inaugurated on Israeli soil, at the 65-hectare Holocaust Memorial Park in Rishon LeZion, Israel.

Source: Alex Lacson through e-mail of Jun Benito

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Written by Raffy Pekson II

September 9, 2010 at 4:30 am

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  1. this is an interesting post. thanks for sharing. 🙂

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    Matteo

    March 31, 2011 at 6:25 am


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