This is a brief snippet from Jacques Lipetz a survivor of the Jewish colony in Manila
It was in March 1945 that my first Seder in freedom occurred.The first in many years, the first after the start of the fury of war, the frightening escape from the Nazis, the day-to day fears of life under Japanese occupation. Looking back, this occupation was benign compared to the horrors of the Nazis, but what loss of freedom is benign? What security lies in not knowing if there will be a tomorrow.
The Jewish colony in Manila was a mixture of German Jews who hailed largely from Breslau and Frankfurt, a variety of other European Jews from Eastern Europe mainly, a number of Sephards from Lebanon, Syria and Iraq and us.