This week, we’ll be discussing the life and career of Sugihara Chiune, a bureaucrat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs prior to World War II. In 1940, Sugihara gave up his comfortable life and career to save thousands of Jewish refugees in Eastern Europe from the Nazis. We’ll discuss what he did, why he did it, and why I think it’s important this week.
Listen to the episode here.
PBS put together a documentary series on Sugihara; their evidence is available here.
Yad V’Shem (the Holocaust Museum in Jerusalem) houses its evidence on Sugihara here.
Sugihara Chiune at the height of his career working for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Courtesy of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Sugihara Yukiko at the time of her marriage. Courtesy of the Jewish Virtual Library.
The old Japanese consulate in downtown Kaunas. Courtesy of the Wikimedia Foundation.
A line of Jewish refugees outside the Japanese consulate requesting visas during the Summer of 1940. Courtesy of the Jewish Virtual Library.
One of the transit visas issued by Sughiara Chiune. Courtesy of Yad V’Shem.
The Sugihara Memorial in Little Tokyo, Los Angeles. Courtesy of the Wikimedia Foundation.