Chiune Sugihara: Unsung Hero of the Holocaust

Author(s): Philip Pinkus
A largely unknown hero of the Holocaust, Chiune Sugihara saved the lives of over 6,000 Jews in Lithuania. At the beginning of WWII, Chiune Sugihara served as Vice-Consul for Japan in Kovno, Lithuania. In 1940, Sugihara became aware of the dangers facing the Jewish population of Lithuania and, going against regulations set out by the Japanese government, he began to issue transit visas to Jewish refugees so that they could escape Europe and travel to Japan. In doing so, he risked not only his career, but also his life and the lives of his family.
Format: One-man play
Cast Size:1M
Notes:

In 1985, Israel named Chiune Sugihara to the Righteous Among the Nations for his actions, the only Japanese national to be so honored.

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A special reading of the play took place on August 27, 2015 at the Japanese American Service Committee in Chicago.
Nationality of Author: Canadian
Original Language: English

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