Sugihara House, Kaunas

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Viešoji įstaiga „Sugiharos fondas – diplomatai už gyvybę“ įkurta 1999 m. gruodžio mėnesį Lietuvos ir Belgijos intelektualų ir verslininkų pastangomis – prof. Egidijaus Aleksandravičiaus, politiko ir verslininko Ramūno Garbaravičiaus bei verslininko Freddie Opsomerio. Fondo iniciatoriai siekė sutelkti intelektines pastangas ir lėšas tam, kad Lietuvoje būtų įamžinti Japonijos diplomato Chiune Sugiharos ir Nyderlandų garbės konsulo Jano Zwartendijko atminimai. /

In 1999, as a result of the joint effort of the intellectuals and the businessmen from Lithuania and Belgium – prof. Egidijus Aleksandravičius, politician and businessman Ramūnas Garbaravičius and businessman Freddie Opsomer, the public institution "The Sugihara Foundation – Diplomats for Life" was established. The initiators of the foundation were seeking to unite the intellectual efforts and available funds in order to properly commemorate the name of the Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara along with the name of the Dutch consul Jan Zwartendijk. /

1999年、リトアニアとベルギーの知識人及び実業家は、「杉原(命の外交官)基金」を正式に発足させた。基金を開設したのは、日本の外交官杉原千畝の名を顕彰するために、英知と資金を統合しようとするものである。杉原の名は、オランダ領事ヤン・ツバルテンディク及び何千人もの欧州在住ユダヤ人の命を救った勇気ある外交官とともに、今の世代に人間のうちに潜む恐怖を思い起こさせ、また、友情と正義を思い起こさせるものである。
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  • I received amazing service, and realized this is a special museum. IT IS SUPER SUPER HARD TO FIND I took the bus to the top of the hill and used a map and got lost several times...very little English ...  more »
  • It is a Western-style building in a quiet residential area.  This is a building that was the Japanese Consulate in Kaunas. At the entrance, there is a sign of "The Gate of Hope: The Visa of Life". This is where the consulate called "Schindler of the East" was said to have issued visas to Jews who escaped from the country in order to escape from German persecution. Chika Sugihara was the consul general of Lithuania at the time, and is said to have saved his life by issuing 6,000 visas to Jews and others, overbreaking the opposition of the Japanese government. It might be a copy, but a handwritten visa was placed on the table.  Did you hand this 6000? The Jews who received the visa went to Vladivostok from Lithuania by the Siberian Railway in Russia, and from there they entered Maizuru by boat and went from Kobe Port to Shanghai and the United States. After all, it is a route that only rich people can go. It was not until 2000 that his achievements were reviewed because he was in defiance of the Japanese government. The Japanese government seems to have admitted it by the praise from the foreign country, too. That's why he is a more famous Japanese in the world than In Japan. 
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