Important Sugihara Passport Discovered

Important Sugihara Passport Discovered
Today I can report and display a document issued by one of the *”Righteous Among The Nations.” (*an honorific used by the State of Israel to describe non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jews from extermination by the Nazis.)

Important Sugihara Passport Discovered

This is a passport issued by Czechoslovakia issued to Egon Hertzka in 1936. On first view nothing special on this passport, but look at page 11, and you will see a Japanese visa issued by the Vice-Consul of Japan in Kaunas / Lithuania – Chiune Sugihara. He was a diplomat who saved thousands of Jews by issuing transit visas to Jewish refugees by risking his career and his family’s lives. In 1985, Israel honored him as Righteous Among the Nations for his actions.

Sugihara worked more than sixteen hours a day to issue 2,139 handwritten visas. He distributed them regardless of whether or not the refugees had the necessary supporting documents. In early September 1940, the Soviet authorities forced him to close the consulate in Kovno. As he and his family prepared to leave Kovno for Berlin, Sugihara continued to issue visas on the train platform. He handed out more once he was on board. Important Sugihara Passport Discovered

After returning to Japan, Sugihara was forced to resign from the Foreign Service. The official reason for his dismissal was the downsizing of the diplomatic corps, but the real reason was likely the disobedience he exhibited in helping the Jews of Kovno. None of the refugees ever made it to Curaçao. From Japan, most went to Shanghai, China, and others to the United States, Canada, and Palestine.

Since entire families were often included in a single visa, thousands of Jews survived due to the efforts of Chiune Sugihara, who passed away in 1986. Important Sugihara Passport Discovered

important sugihara passport discovered

This passport with his visa is an essential document for the Holocaust and is extremely rare!

Important Sugihara Passport Discovered

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  1. Have you heard about a hunreds of visas that were emited after Sugihara was capted by Hirohito and taken to prisson under the same name? It was because the students of the Mir Ieshiba could duplicate (by hand writting) the visas but they didn´t know how to write in japanist theire real names… so they copy the last visa that emited Sugihara… The miracle was that japanist border authorities didn´t note de repetition of the name in a hunred of Visas.

  2. Mr. Topol,
    Thank you very much for the response. You truly have an impressive and informative website. It is not surprising that so many influential individuals seek you out for help and expertise…
    …perhaps you could kindly put a request for more specific important documents on your website?

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