Conspiracy of Kindness

DVD - 2005
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This documentary tells the story of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, consul to Lithuania during World War II. Sugihara defied Tokyo authorities and wrote transit visas that allowed hundreds of Jewish families to flee Europe through Russia to Japan and other countries. Includes home movies, photographs, film footage, and interviews with Holocaust survivors who owe their lives to Chiune Sugihara.
Publisher: [Boston] : WGBH Boston Video, c2005
ISBN: 9781593753641
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (85 min.) : sd., col. and b&w ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Conspiracy of kindness

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Oct 21, 2018

Very interesting and touching documentary by WGBH about a Japanese diplomat who rescued thousands of European Jews prior to and during WWII. He was a skilled linguist (married to a Russian woman early on, he was fluent in Russian) and was posted as a diplomat in Lithuania. At one point in time, someone suggested relocating Jews to Manchuria, China. The Japanese had infiltrated Manchuria and wanted to populate it with Japanese/Japanese friendly citizens. As Germany became more aggressive in eliminating Jewish populations, Mr. Sugihara was granting visas for Lithuanian Jews to migrate to Curacao (an island off of Venezuela coast - a Dutch protectorate at the time), but they had to have a travel visa through Russia to take a ship from Japan to Curacao. Mr. Sugihara issued these visas without permission from the Japanese government (the government never responded to his queries.) An interesting slice of WWII history and proof that one person can make a difference in difficult, troubling times.

brendancarlson Jun 08, 2014

One of the unknown, unsung heroes of WWII who's story more people should know about.

Jun 06, 2014

Wonderful, touching historical bio.


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