Quezon’s Game tells a heroic story that our history textbooks tend to leave out. During the brink of World War II, President Manuel L. Quezon of the Philippines wanted to open the doors of his country to the Jewish people that were looking for a place to be free of prejudice and hatred.
In 1938 President Quezon fought not only for the independence of the Philippines, but he also fought for his life and the lives of the Jewish people looking for a way to escape death in Nazi Germany. Quezon felt passionate about saving these people because he thought that he could relate to them. Being a man of color, Quezon was used to facing racism. He did not want to sit back and watch when being a man that was in such high power. Quezon, along with the Frieder brothers and Dwight Eisenhower, worked together to make a home for the Jewish people. They fought to get visas for thousands of people after being denied several times by the government.
“…Quezon fought…for the independence of the Philippines…and the lives of the Jewish people looking for a way to escape death…”
Quezon’s Game is a very unique film. It is unlike most World War II films because it shows behind-the-scenes-of what was going on while the world was at war. Not only that, but it is a story that the average person is not familiar with, myself included. I had no idea that the Philippines had such a huge impact on being a safe haven for those escaping Germany.
"…tells a heroic story that our history textbooks tend to leave out."