Visas for Life: The Remarkable Story of Chiune and Yukiko Sugihara

Exhibition TypeTravelling exhibition
CuratorSaul, Eric
Event DateJanuary 14, 1996–March 29, 1996
VenueVancouver Holocaust Education Centre
DescriptionFrom 1933 to 1939, Jews who were able to emigrated to Palestine, the United States, Latin America and Shanghai. By 1940, the Nazis occupied most of Western Europe and had cut off most of those escape routes. Polish Jews however, were still permitted to emigrate from Lithuania through the Soviet Union, provided that they could obtain the necessary travel documents. Despite being ordered to leave, the Japanese Consul Chiune Sugihara remained in Kovno, and for twenty-nine days in 1940, sat for endless hours writing and signing visas by hand. Because of his efforts, thousands of Polish Jews with Sugihara visas survived in safety in Shanghai.