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  • 2020-04-09

Monument to Chiune Sugihara in Vilnius



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In 1939 Chiune Sugihara worked at the Japanese Consulate in Kaunas, Lithuanian provisional capital. With the German invasion of Poland in September 1939, Jewish refugees began flooding Kaunas. On June 15th, 1940 the Soviet Red Army entered Lithuania and the Soviet Government ordered all diplomats to leave Kaunas.
Chiune and his wife Yukiko were last to leave Lithuania. Chiune Sugihara hand-wrote visas for 29 days in a row for the Jews and finally gave the consulate seal to another person, who managed to save the lives of even more Jews
A monument was erected to him on the shores of the River Neris in Vilnius in 2001, along with a Japanese chetty blossom garden

All photos are copyrighted by Vladislav B. Sotirovic

© Vladislav B. Sotirovic 2019

 
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