Monument Description


Conceptualized in 2005, the Embassy of the Philippines to Israel, the Filipino Community, the Holocaust survivors and their families in Israel and from all over the world undertook initiatives to raise funds for the monument. The National Commission for Culture and the Arts sponsored a competition for the design of the monument. Mr. Jun Yee, an artist, won the said competition and supervised the fabrication of its components for shipment to Israel. The monument base is tiled with Romblon marbles donated by the Romblon Chamber of Commerce, Forward Romblon and Romblon Bar Association.

Three open doors in increasing heights symbolize the "open door" policy of the Philippine commonwealth for the Jews in 1939. Each door forming a triangular pattern symbolize the triangle of the Philippine flag and the two triangles of the star of David in the Israeli flag. In a sense, the Philippine flag and the Israeli flag are joined together to symbolize the close and friendly relations of the Philippines and Israel.

The doors open inward and "meet" in the middle of the triangle. A light in the middle represents the sun and symbolizes the hope that the Philippines brought to the Jewish refugees, the warm welcome they received from the Filipino people and the beacon that will guide both countries in attaining common goals.

In front of each door are etched footprints of three persons: Mr. George Lowenstein who was among the thousands of Jews who sought refuge in the Philippines in 1939; Mr. Max Weissler who arrived in Manila in 1941 at the age of 11 years as a refugee from Germany, grew up in the Philippines, and is presently residing in Hod Hasharon, Israel; and Doryliz Goffer, a Filipino-Israeli child born in the Philippines, grand daughter of Holocaust survivors, representing the continuing friendship between the Philippines and Israel.