Friday, 1 August 2014

Chiune Sugihara Memorial, Vilnius

There's a small, moving memorial to an unusual, unsung hero of the Holocaust near the bank of the Neris River in Vilnius. Chiune Sugihara was the Japanese Consul based in Kaunas, Lithuania from 1939 to 1940. In that brief time, knowing how desperate Jews were to flee the country, Sugihara and a Dutch colleague issued more about 6,000 transit visas during half the summer of 1940.

The memorial.

The story.

A copy of one of the transit visas.

A look at some of the cherry trees planted in his honor. Moving.

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