Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness

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Discover the Impact of One Man’s Extraordinary Act of Courage

In the fall of 1939 Hitler’s murderous wave was sweeping through Eastern Europe. In the face of the Nazi onslaught, Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara made a decision that would change his life and thousands of others. With no possible hope for reward and at great risk to his family and career, Sugihara acted on his innermost beliefs and used his diplomatic power to rescue desperate Jewish refugees.

As Japanese Consul to Lithuania, Sugihara defied Tokyo authorities by writing transit visas that were the sole remaining hope of Jews facing extermination. More than 2,000 Sugihara-stamped passports allowed hundreds of families to flee Europe through Russia to Japan and safe havens abroad. Today it is estimated that at least 40,000 people owe their existence to Sugiharas heroism.

Run time: 82 min. 1 disk; Closed Caption; Descriped Video.

Publisher: WGBH Boston, 2005

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