Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius on Friday attended an informal discussion at the Sugihara House in Kaunas, Lithuania's second-largest city, on educational projects, introducing Chiune Sugihara’s achievements, prospects for cooperation with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the need to raise general public awareness, in particular amongst young people, on the legacy of Sugihara and other diplomats who saved lives.
Chiune Sugihara

"Sugihara exhibited compassion and courage, which is especially important in the context of these days. It is a supreme example of humanism, linking the past to the present," Linkevičius said.

Diplomats from the Embassy of Japan in Lithuania, Members of the Board of the ‘Sugihara Foundation – Diplomats for Life’, staff of the Sugihara House, representatives of Kaunas City Municipality, Centre for Asian Studies at Vytautas Magnus University, and members of the Kaunas Jewish Community attended the informal discussion with the head of the Lithuanian diplomacy.

Linkevičius also viewed the exhibition, dedicated to the deed of the famous Japanese diplomat Sugihara, who saved Jews during the Holocaust.

The Sugihara House is situated in a building where Japanese Vice-Consul Sugihara used to work in 1939-1940. in July-August 1940, the Japanese diplomat issued transit visas to almost 6,000 Jews from Lithuania, Poland and Germany and saved them from the Nazis.

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