Sunday Brunch and Speaker, February 11, 11 AM

Speaker: Speaker: Sharon Delmendo, PhD, Professor, St. John Fisher College, Independent Filmmaker 
  Topic: “Holocaust Sanctuary in the Philippines during World War II.”

SharonDelemendoPhotoScreening and Discussion of Sharon’s documentary film, “An Open Door: Holocaust Rescue (Haven) in the Philippines” This is the remarkable story of how President Manuel L. Quezon (in office November 15, 1935 – August 1, 1944) and Jewish networks created a haven for 1,300 Holocaust refugees, a number exceeding Schindler’s List.

Sharon Delmendo is a Professor of English at St. John Fisher College in Rochester. She did much of the research for her first book, “The Star-Entangled Banner: One Hundred Years of America in the Philippines” (Rutgers University Press 2004, University of the Philippines Press 2005) in 1995-96 as the Fulbright Professor of American Studies at De La Salle University in Manila. Her grandfather, Dominador Delmendo, was an Executive Officer of the Masbate Guerrillas during WWII.

Dr. Delmendo has two books on the Manilaners’, (Jewish WWII refugees who settled in Manila) history forthcoming from De La Salle University Press, Manila, Philippines: “When the Time of Need Came: Manuel Quezon and Holocaust Rescue in the Philippines” is a scholarly analysis of Commonwealth President Manuel Quezon’s efforts on behalf of Jewish refugees. “In Time of Need, an Open Door: Holocaust Rescue in the Philippines” is a more broadly based history of the Manilaners for general audiences. When these two books are published, Dr. Delmendo will go back and complete the book project she put aside to work on the “Manilaners: Pacific Theater,” a study of Hollywood-produced WWII films set in the Philippines, made while the war was in progress

RSVP (Please) to Cathy Leora Dayan by Wednesday, February 7 (585-645-5254, to afford our chefs adequate time to plan the meal.