Congregation Shir Ami of Castro Valley will be showing the film “Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust” along with a panel discussion on Oct. 20 at the Castro Valley Library at 2 p.m.
This film tells a gripping and inspirational true story of moral courage involving presidents, cigars and poker.
In pre-war Manila, a mix of unlikely cultures and characters gathered to save lives. The players were 5 cigar makers from Cincinnati, the first president of the Philippines, Dwight D. Eisenhower and a U.S. High Commissioner. During their series of poker games the stakes became the life or death for an unimaginable amount of men, women and children — guilty of only one thing — being Jewish.
The panel discussion will be led by:
- Mary Farquhar, a daughter of survivors
- David Nigel, a historian specializing in holocaust studies
Seating is limited to 35. Reservations are on a first come, first served basis. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org