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Film sheds light on WWII courage

By June 11, 2011

The PBS documentary, “Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness,” will be screened at 7 p.m. Friday, June 24, at International House, Davis, 10 College Park, with a producer making a special appearance.

The film is free and the public is invited. Barbara and Clarence Kado of Davis and International House are sponsoring the event, which reveals a part of lost history.

In 1939, Chiune Sugihara, Imperial Japan’s consul to Lithuania, issued more than 2,000 transit visas allowing Jews to escape the Holocaust. The visas were issued in defiance of orders from Tokyo, and Sugihara returned to Japan in disgrace.

After four decades of living in ignominy, his compassion and courage became known.

Anne Akabori, one of the producers of the film, will be present to answer questions about the making of the film and about Sugihara. Mrs. Sugihara’s biography, “Gift of Life,” has been translated into English.

“This is a great opportunity to learn something often forgotten about World War II and one man’s quiet, courageous actions,” said Elisabeth Sherwin, executive director of International House.

For more information, call I-House at (530) 753- 5007.

Enterprise staff

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