Persona Non Grata — Chiune Sugihara


From amidst the evil and horror of the Holocaust comes one of the war’s most remarkable stories of human kindness and compassion. In the fall of 1939 Hitler’s murderous wave was sweeping through Eastern Europe. In the face of the Nazi onslaught, Chiune Sugihara single-handedly saved more than 6,000 Jewish lives. As the Japanese Consul to Lithuania, he used his power as a diplomat to rescue Jewish refugees, risking his career, disgrace and even his life by disobeying government orders and writing visas for these desperate refugees. The visas allowed them to escape through Russia to a safe haven in Japan.


A Personal Note

On August 15, 1940, Chiune Sugihara, issued Visas #1178 and #1839 to two young Yeshiva students who were separated from their families during the war. These two teenagers were among the over 6,000 Jews whose lives were saved by Chiune Sugihara.

Visa # 1178 was issued to a 17 year old named Mordechai Bryski.

Visa # 1839 was issued to a 16 year old named Moshe Sapochkinsky.

Mordechai and Moshe are the fathers of the Rabbis of our community, Rabbi Moshe D. Bryski and Rabbi Yitzchak Sapochkinsky. The Rabbis will be on hand for the showing of the film and will offer opening remarks of gratitude.

Persona Non Grata — Chiune Sugihara

“If you saved one life, it is as if you saved the world"

Sunday & Monday, March 19-20
7:30 p.m.

Westlake Village Cinema
4711 Lakeview Canyon Road (Corner of Agoura Road)


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