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Dedication of land for Jewish refugees in the Philippines, 1940

Film | Accession Number: 2013.25.1 | RG Number: RG-60.1441 | Film ID: 2960

Dedication of Mariquina Hall in Manila on April 23, 1940. President Manuel Quezon offered this private land (called Mariquina Hall) to the Jewish Rescue Committee in order to provide housing for Jewish refugees.

Guests gather outdoors. 01:02:51 Alex Frieder speaks to the audience, while President Quezon sits at the table to the side. 01:03:05 President Quezon addresses the crowd, Herbert Frieder in back. Quezon shakes hands with some men on the stage. Alex Frieder and President Quezon walk together through the crowd to survey the land. CUs, side views of President Quezon speaking. The camera pans around the crowd, including the Frieder family (Alice, Alex's youngest daughter, b. 1926, is the teenage girl in the white dress with dark curly hair). Alex smokes (camera left, facing the camera). Survey of the landscape. Attendees mingle.

At the 52 second mark, to the left of Quezon, is Godfrey Berger a Jewish refugee from Vienna who was hired by Quezon to design refugee housing in Mindinao. Berger was an architect who had served in the U.S. Army during World War II and later emigrated to California.

Event:  04/23/1940
Manila, Philippines
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, courtesy of Alice Frieder Weston
Record last modified: 2022-05-18 10:24:39
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