Haven or Hell? Jews in the Philippines During WWII (Zoom)

Nov 10 7:00pm to 8:30pm

For years, Sandy Lanman knew her grandmother Elsie had escaped Germany to the Philippines only to lose her husband Gunther in the brutal Battle of Manila at the end of World War II. Aside from a few photos and family stories, she knew little else. In 2019, a serendipitous encounter on Facebook led her to Gunther’s great-nephew and a trove of photos of Elsie and Gunther in Manila. The discovery sparked her interest in the history of this little-known Jewish haven. Through film, photos and Elsie’s own words, Sandy's presentation tells the story of the rescue of 1,300 European Jews and the terrors they faced under Japanese rule during World War II.  

Sandy Lanman is an award-winning writer and public relations professional. She began her career as a staff writer for The Home News in New Brunswick,  where she won awards for health, medical and human interest writing. She has worked in public relations for Crossroads Theatre Company, New Jersey Network and Rutgers University, and as a consultant and writer serving clients in higher education, the arts and nonprofit sector, and is on the boards of the Friends of the East Brunswick Environmental Commission and Central Jersey Jewish Historic Society. Sandy has a B.A. in English from Douglass College and master’s in communication and information studies from Rutgers’ School of Communication and Information.

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