Foreign minister of Lithuania pays tribute to Sugihara

Chiune Sugihara

“Sugihara exhibited compassion and courage, which is especially important in the context of these days. It is a supreme example of humanism, linking the past to the present,” Linkevičius said.

Diplomats from the Embassy of Japan in Lithuania, Members of the Board of the ‘Sugihara Foundation – Diplomats for Life’, staff of the Sugihara House, representatives of Kaunas City Municipality, Centre for Asian Studies at Vytautas Magnus University, and members of the Kaunas Jewish Community attended the informal discussion with the head of the Lithuanian diplomacy.

Linkevičius also viewed the exhibition, dedicated to the deed of the famous Japanese diplomat Sugihara, who saved Jews during the Holocaust.

The Sugihara House is situated in a building where Japanese Vice-Consul Sugihara used to work in 1939-1940. in July-August 1940, the Japanese diplomat issued transit visas to almost 6,000 Jews from Lithuania, Poland and Germany and saved them from the Nazis.

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