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iUTMB  •  Published Tuesday, January 7, 2014, 8:59 AM

OLLI Hosts "Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust" - Jan. 19

3 p.m., January 19 

The Grand 1894 Opera House in Galveston 

Open to the public

For tickets, phone The Grand 409.765.1894 
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) hosts, "Rescue in the Philippines: Refuge from the Holocaust," a critically acclaimed film that documents the rescue of more than 1,300 Jews who were smuggled from Nazi-occupied Europe and resettled in the Philippines. 
Pre-World War II Manila is the exotic backdrop for a little-known chapter in World War II history. Producer Barbara Sasser, an OLLI member and long-time island resident, will introduce the film which is told through first-person accounts with historians, survivors and relatives of the key players such as Col. Dwight D. Eisenhower and Sasser’s grandfather Alex Frieder. The film was broadcast on PBS, has been praised in reviews in The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, and has been shown at the UN and on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  
After screening the film, Dr. Sasser will introduce a panel of expert commentators who will discuss the film and the historical era in which it occurred.  At 4:30 p.m. Paulie and Mary Kay Gaido will sponsor a champagne tasting seminar in Edna’s Room in support of the film and OLLI.  Area restaurants Rudy and Paco’s, Saltwater Grill, and Gaido’s have pledged donations in support of the film and OLLI on that day.
Tickets are Mezzanine $10, Orchestra $20, and Champagne tasting/Premium seating $100.