Tuesday, April 05, 2005

Chiune Sugihara

Presentation at Slifka Center on legacy of Japanese diplomat Chiune (Sempo) Sugihara. Included talks by director of the Sugihara House in Kaunus, Simonas Dovidavicius, Prof. of Slavic Languages and Literatures Tomas Venclova, and scholar, literary translator, Barbara Harshav. Following Hitler-Stalin pact of August 1939, and Nazi invasion of Poland on Sept. 1, Sugihara issued transit visas to thousands of Jewish refugees, contrary to instructions of his own government.

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