Russians honor Japanese diplomat who saved Jews

posted on October 15, 2015

People in Russia have paid tribute to the late Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, who helped to rescue thousands of Jews from the Nazi Holocaust during World War Two.

A group of Russian Jews held the event in Moscow on Wednesday, 75 years after Sugihara issued transit visas to Jews at his own initiative in Lithuania. He is said to have saved about 6,000 people by facilitating their escape.

After resigning from the Foreign Ministry, Sugihara worked for a Japanese trading firm in Moscow in the 1960s and 1970s. The memorial event took place at the hotel where he had an office.

82-year-old Suguru Kawamura said Sugihara did not talk much about himself when they worked together in Moscow. But he said he remembers Sugihara as a fluent speaker of Russian and German.

source by NHK world
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