Film about Japanese diplomat who saved Jews premièred in Vilnius

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At the event at Vilnius University, Linkevičius underlined the importance of Chiune Sugihara‘s deed and ideas cherished by him in today’s world. The foreign minister is also glad that the world première of the film was organised in Lithuania.

Directed by Cellin Gluck, the film tells the story of the Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara (1901-1986), who was a Japanese Vice-Consul in Kaunas from November 1939 to September 1940. During this period, the diplomat issued Japanese transit visas to about 6,000 Jews. Right before his death, Sugihara was awarded the title of Righteous Among the Nations by Israel’s Holocaust Memorial, Yad Vashem, in 1985.

On 13 October, the film was screened at Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas. In Japan, the film’s première is scheduled for December.

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