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New documents and facts about Chiune Sugihara will be presented in Japan

November, 3 2015
Co-chairman of Russian “Holocaust” Center (RHC), Advisor the Russian Jewish Congress (RJC) President Ilya Altman is visiting Japan in the frames of the project of perpetuating the memory of Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara. On the 1st of November he met with Madoko Sugihara, the granddaughter of Chiune Sugihara, and Miti Sugihara, the widow of his son. Ilya Altman visited the grave of the Righteous Among the Nations in the city of Kamakura.

“This is the first time we visit the grave of grandfather together with Russian Professor, and I am very grateful for that. I think my grandfather would be very happy that it happened. He loved Russia so much”, - commented granddaughter of the diplomat Madoko Sugihara.

On the 2-3 of November Ilya Altman was in Tsuruga city, where refugees with Sugihara’s visas arrived in the autumn of 1940. He visited the museum “Port of humanism” and met with the mayor of Tsuruga Mr. Takanobu Fuchikami. On the behalf of President of RJC Yuri Kanner the plaque, a copy of a memorial plaque in honor of Chiune Sugihara, which will be installed on the building of the hotel “Ukraine” in Moscow, was presented to mayor. Another copy of the plaque will be presented to Sugihara’s family on the 13th of November at the Russian Embassy in Japan.

During the trip to Japan Ilya Altman will read lectures at the universities in Sapporo, Hiroshima and Tokyo, he will tell about new documents on the transit of Jewish refugees and the role of the Soviet Union in it.

The visit was organized by the invitation of the University of Kokushikan in Tokyo (Professor Jacob Zinberg) and with the assistance of the Russian Foreign Ministry and the UN Information Center in Moscow.

1. Photo by Roman Maltsev. From left to right: Miti Sugihara, Ilya Altman, Madoko Sugihara

2. Presentation of a memorial plaque to the mayor of Tsuruga

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