Ksenia Naka. Family " Japanese Schindler ", Sugihara Tiune of which, at the time Vice-Consul in Kaunas in 1940, saved several thousand lives by issuing transit visas to Japan to Jewish refugees, and maintains contacts with the descendants of the rescued men, said at the ceremony to the memory of Sugihara at the Russian Embassy in Tokyo, the granddaughter of politician Madoka Sugihara.
"We have a relationship with the descendants of the grandfather saved the people. This family in Australia, in Canada. In Australia took a trip my son and I lived in this family, and His very warmly received, " said Madoka Sugihara in response to the question of the Russian Ambassador in Tokyo Yevgeny Afanasyev.
"in 1960-70-her years in Israel there came tourists from Japan asked me if they Vice-Consul in Kaunas, because it is widely known there: the descendants of the people saved them some tens thousand" - said co-Chairman of the scientific-educational center " Holocaust ", the adviser of the President of the Russian Jewish Congress (RJC) Ilya Altman, who participated in the ceremony.
during the ceremony, located on a visit to the Islands of Japan Altman gave them Japanese policy is a copy of a memorial plaque which was given to the Museum of the hotel "Ukraine" in the Russian capital where Sugihara worked after the war, after retiring from service in the Ministry of foreign Affairs of Japan.
Project on collection of documents on transit through the territory of the USSR to Japan Jewish immigrants in the years 1940-41 began 3 years ago. Its aim is the perpetuation of the heroism of Sugihara Japanese policy. It involved scientists from Russia, Japan, Lithuania and Finland.
in 1939-40, Sugihara served as Vice-Consul of Japan in Kaunas, which was then the capital of Lithuania. In 1940 a new Soviet government demanded that foreign diplomatic missions to leave the country. In Lithuania at that moment there were thousands of Jewish immigrants from all over Europe. It is known that a month before his departure from Kaunas Sugihara issued transit visas 2132 in Japan, because of which the Jews fleeing from Nazi persecution, were able to travel through the territory of the USSR to Japan, where they opened the way to other countries.