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2019.10.22 15:00

New documents reveal fate of Sugihara who saved Jews from Holocaust in Lithuania

LRT.lt2019.10.22 15:00

Diplomat Chiune Sugihara, also known as the ‘Japanese Schindler’ who saved around 6,000 Jews in Lithuania, ended up finding a job at the upper house of the parliament in Tokyo, new documents reveal.

The Asahi Shimbun reported on Wednesday that after issueing the so-called ‘freedom visas’ to Lithuanian Jews for a transit to Japan, and therefore, a way to escape the approaching Holocaust, ended up returning to Japan in 1947 where he worked as a director in a documentation section until 1949.

The Chiune Sugihara Memorial Foundation in Tokyo announced the discovery on October 21 after it found a resume submitted by Sugihara, where he wrote that leaving the Foreign Ministry was “voluntary”.

Previously, researchers believed that Sugihara was dismissed for the actions that placed him with the Righteous among the Nations.

Sugihara House in Lithuania’s second city and the inter-war capital, Kaunas, is open to visitors. A memorial plaque can also be seen at the Kaunas train station, from where Sugihara continued to issue ‘freedom visas’ even during his departure in 1940.

Sugihara passed away in Japan on July 31, 1986.