Holocaust Remembrance Day and Genocide Awareness Month

April was chosen for Genocide Awareness Month as the anniversaries of many genocidal atrocities occurred during this month. These atrocities include: the Holocaust, the catastrophes in Rwanda, Bosnia, Cambodia, Serbia, Herzegovina, Armenians in the Ottoman Empire, and the Darfur region of Sudan.


In addition, April 7–14, 2013 has been announced as the dates for this year’s Days of Remembrance, the nation’s annual, weeklong commemoration of the Holocaust. April 8, 2013 has been announced as Holocaust Remembrance Day (or Yom Hashoah, in Hebrew.)


On this episode of Focus, Sarah Weiss from The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education, Alice Weston (daughter of Alex Frieder),  and  Jane Ellis  (daughter of Morris Frieder)  talk about the center's upcoming event: the Cincinnati film premiere of “Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust.”  This one-hour documentary tells the previously untold story of how the five Frieder brothers, Cincinnati businessmen making cigars in pre-WWII Manila; together with Manuel Quezon, the charismatic first president of the Philippines; Paul McNutt, US High Commissioner and former governor of Indiana; and an ambitious Army Colonel named Dwight Eisenhower helped 1,200 Jews escape the Nazis and immigrate to the Philippines. The daughters of the Frieder brothers talk about their family’s heroic contributions to this rescue. The documentary’s premiere will be held at the CET Studios on April 24, 2013 at 5:30 pm.


For more information about

The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education:


Website: www.holocaustandhumanity.org


Phone: 513.487.3055


For more information about

“Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust:”


Website: www.rescueinthephilippines.com

On CETconnect: www.cetconnect.org/rescue-in-the-philippines

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CET Studios