The last living Holocaust survivors who sought refuge in the Philippines after fleeing Nazi Germany, known as “Manilaners,” are opening up about growing up in Manila in a new original documentary series that is now streaming on iWant.
Titled “The Last Manilaners,” the documentary features the perspectives of Margot Pins Kestenbaum, Max Weissler and Lotte Hershfield, who were children when their families suffered persecution in their homeland for being Jews. They are three of the 1,300 Jews who found a safe haven in the Philippines through Pres. Manuel L. Quezon’s open-door policy—a little- known story in history depicted in the film “Quezon’s Game.”
Aside from the Manilaners’ stories, the docu also offers historical insights from Dr. Sharon Delmendo, Dr. Jose Tirol and Dr. Ricardo Jose, Filipino scholars who are subject-matter experts on the topic, and Lee Blumenthal, executive director of The Jewish Association of the Philippines.
Shot in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Israel and New York and directed by Nico Hernandez, “The Last Manilaners” dropped on iWant on January 27 to join the rest of the world in commemorating the 75th year of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Watch uplifting stories of courage and compassion in “The Last Manilaners,” now streaming on the iWant app (iOs and Android) or iwant.ph for free. (Story/Photos by: Kane Choa)