Vancouver Maritime Museum honours "Japanese Schindler" Chiune Sugihara with exhibit and film

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      While many North Americans are familiar with the name Oskar Schindler, Chiune Sugihara is only recently becoming better known.
      Against the orders of his government, the Japanese vice-consul in Lithuania during World War II saved the lives of thousands of Jews by writing transit visas for them, enabling them to escape Europe through Japan. A number settled in Vancouver and across Canada.
      An exhibit called Invisible Threads: Life Saving Sugihara Visas and the Journey to Vancouver, on at the Vancouver Maritime Museum through July 1, explores these events. And on Thursday (May 28) at 6 p.m., a related film, Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness, will be shown there. Free tickets can be reserved here.
      In January, Ujjal Dosanjh was given the inaugural Wallenberg-Sugihara Civil Courage Award by the locally based Wallenberg-Sugihara Civil Courage Society. 



      nomi kaplan

      May 27, 2015 at 7:46am

      Thanks to the 3 on our Sugihara visa, there are 17 of our family who were able to live, get an education, and all the fruits of freedom in Canada. Nomi Kaplan

      nomi kaplan

      Jun 4, 2015 at 8:08am

      Amanda, thanks so much for your support! It's amazing how this 'unknown' man, quietly and quickly made some difficult decisions with his wife, and saved so many Jews from certain death--and he didn't even know how much he had achieved! See you tomorrow.
      Love, Nomi