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Japanese municipality holds benefit to commemorate savior of JewsJapanese municipality holds benefit to commemorate savior of Jews
Arutz Sheva ^ | 22/8/20 | Cnaan Lipshitz

Posted on 08/22/2020 3:04:39 PM PDT by Eleutheria5

A municipality in Japan celebrated the 80th anniversary of the rescue of Jews by a local diplomat with a bake sale.

The benefit, which began this week in Japan’s Gifu district, will continue until Sept. 10 and its proceeds will go toward commemorating Chiune Sugihara’s actions in Japan, Lithuania and beyond, Kyodo News reported Thursday. The district had planned to hold a benefit concert but had to switch to an online sale of cupcakes because of social distancing measures connected to the coronavirus.

From July 18 to Aug. 28, 1940, Sugihara, an intelligence officer and consul serving in Lithuania, issued thousands of visas to Jewish refugees, many of them from Poland.

His visas, coupled with fictitious destination visas issued by his Dutch counterpart in Lithuania, Jan Zwartendijk, allowed thousands of Jews to flee the Nazis. Sugihara acted in defiance of orders from his superiors in Japan, which was an ally of Nazi Germany.

The town of Yaotsu in Gifu district, which many believe was Sugihara’s birthplace, has a museum honoring his actions, as does the city of Kaunas in Lithuania, where he handed out the visas.

Both institutions are to benefit from the proceeds of the bake sale, in which sets of cupcakes featuring berries from Lithuania are to be sold for about $28 per basket, Kyodo reported.

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; Germany; Israel; Japan; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: chiunesugihara; germany; gifudistrict; hero; holocaust; israel; janzwartendijk; japan; jerusalem; kaunas; letshavejerusalem; lithuania; theholocaust; waronterror; worldwareleven; wwii; yaotsu
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Arigato, Sugihara San.
1 posted on 08/22/2020 3:04:39 PM PDT by Eleutheria5
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To: Eleutheria5

An example of the Deep State actually doing something good. It is as if the Deep State often acts in opposition to the leadership.


2 posted on 08/22/2020 3:19:04 PM PDT by Nateman (If the left is not screaming, you are doing it wrong!)
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To: Eleutheria5

That’s a heck of a complex title.


3 posted on 08/22/2020 3:21:01 PM PDT by LegendHasIt
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To: Eleutheria5
Sugihara is justly honored, but there was a Chinese diplomat during the war who also saved thousands in a similar way but who is not as well-known. His name was Ho Feng-Shan.
4 posted on 08/22/2020 3:25:16 PM PDT by untenured
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To: Eleutheria5

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiune_Sugihara

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jan_Zwartendijk


5 posted on 08/22/2020 3:32:34 PM PDT by packrat35 (Pelosi is only on loan to the world from Satan. Hopefully he will soon want his baby killer back)
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To: Eleutheria5

There was another example of where the Japs saved the lives of Jews during WW2. This one Shanghai, under Japanese occupation. Hitler went as far as sending his understudy, Himler, over to Japan to ‘help’ the Japanese terminate the 20,000 Jews who where holed up there after fleeing Europe. Japan told him to take a hike, and all of those Jews survived...but the Jews did leave China after the war - too much cultural difference.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shanghai_Jewish_Refugees_Museum


6 posted on 08/22/2020 3:36:01 PM PDT by BobL (I shop at Walmart and eat at McDonald's, I just don't tell anyone, like most here)
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I worked with a guy who was there as a child. Parents and siblings were on a ship that left Genoa and no other country including the US would let them off. China did and the family spent the war in Shanghai. Not much fun but they survived.

Wonder what they would think of our covid fiasco. All are gone now including him.


7 posted on 08/22/2020 3:59:03 PM PDT by JeanLM (Obama proves melanin is just enough to win elections)
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Dr. Abraham Kotsuji was involved in that. They did put the Jews in a ghetto, but refused to ship them eastward. Later, Dr. Kotsuji converted to Judaism, the first and perhaps only Japanese to ever do so, and took the name Abraham. He wrote his autobio: From Tokyo to Jerusalem.


8 posted on 08/22/2020 4:07:52 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 ("SHUT UP!" he explained.)
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To: Eleutheria5

Refused to ship them westward, I mean.


9 posted on 08/22/2020 4:13:49 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 ("SHUT UP!" he explained.)
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To: Nateman

Crumbs from the totalitarian table.


10 posted on 08/22/2020 4:15:04 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 ("SHUT UP!" he explained.)
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To: JeanLM

In the Chabad Chassidic community, there were several elderly men who spent the war in Shanghai. They nearly starved to death, but they were at least safe there from the Nazis. They’re known as the Shanghai Group. All gone now. I knew at least one of them.


11 posted on 08/22/2020 4:17:58 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 ("SHUT UP!" he explained.)
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To: untenured

During the war, China itself was divided. Was he with the Nationalists, or the Communists?


12 posted on 08/22/2020 4:19:56 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 ("SHUT UP!" he explained.)
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To: JeanLM

Incredible - had to suck being in Japanese-occupied China, but still...the best outcome, considering what you said - no one would otherwise take them.


13 posted on 08/22/2020 4:24:11 PM PDT by BobL (I shop at Walmart and eat at McDonald's, I just don't tell anyone, like most here)
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To: Eleutheria5

Guessing that you may be familiar with this group.
An amazing story.

A Jewish Dynasty in a Changing China
For more than a century, the fortunes of the powerful Kadoorie family have been a barometer of Chinese openness to the world.

...The Kadoories built their first fortune in Shanghai between the world wars, when the city became a global crossroads. When the communists took over in 1949 and expelled foreigners, they lost almost everything, fleeing to British-ruled Hong Kong to make a new start. Over the next 25 years they grew richer than ever, amassing an $18 billion portfolio that includes China Light and Power, which provides electricity to 80% of Hong Kong’s residents, and the luxury Peninsula hotel chain.

When the People’s Republic began to open up in 1972, after President Nixon’s visit, one of the first calls the communist leadership made was to the Kadoories, seeking their help in building a nuclear power plant. The Kadoories, who remain British citizens, became one of the country’s biggest foreign investors, returning to Shanghai triumphantly to build a new Peninsula Hotel. Today they meet regularly with top Chinese leaders, including Xi Jinping.

It has been a steep ascent since Elly Kadoorie landed in Hong Kong at the age of 18. He had been recruited to work for a major trading firm owned by the Sassoons, another Jewish family that had come to China from Baghdad 35 years earlier, just after the Opium Wars. But Elly soon struck out on his own, steering clear of opium, one of the main commodities the Sassoons transported between India and China. Instead he invested in hotels, land and utilities, building the infrastructure for the growing city of Shanghai as it became the “Paris of the East.” In time he built the grandest mansion in the city—43 rooms for just three people—and entertained celebrities like Charles Lindbergh. The Kadoories’ hotels hosted the world’s elites, including the wedding of Chiang Kai-shek.

Most Westerners in China, including the Sassoons, fled to Europe, Australia or the Americas. But Elly’s grown sons, Lawrence and Horace, stayed close by, moving to the family’s hotel in Hong Kong. “If we sit down and worry, not only will no progress be made but everything will get worse,” Lawrence wrote to Horace in 1946. “If we go ahead optimistically, and in the belief that Hong Kong has a great future before it…we shall recover our losses and progress.” Hong Kong, Lawrence declared, “may become another Shanghai.”

He turned out to be spectacularly correct...

https://www.wsj.com/articles/a-jewish-dynasty-in-a-changing-china-11590688537

also:
‘The Last Kings of Shanghai’ Review: Bund Traders
The story of old Shanghai and its Jewish tycoons. How did they amass such wealth? The answer depends on your politics.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/the-last-kings-of-shanghai-review-bund-traders-11592578746


14 posted on 08/22/2020 5:33:47 PM PDT by DUMBGRUNT ("The enemy has overrun us. We are blowing up everything. Vive la France!"Dien Bien Phu last message.)
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To: Eleutheria5

A distant uncle of mine was part of a group in the American consular office in France that acted similarly in the late 1930s, up to 1940. If somebody came seeking to get to the United States, and it came out that they were Jewish...”say no more, here’s your visa, good luck.”


15 posted on 08/22/2020 6:31:45 PM PDT by M1903A1 ("We shed all that is good and virtuous for that which is shoddy and sleazy...and call it progress")
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To: Eleutheria5

Not the only Japanese to convert to Judaism.


16 posted on 08/22/2020 10:44:07 PM PDT by malach (We live in interesting times.)
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To: M1903A1

That took testicular fortitude. There were all sorts of bureaucratic roadblocks to seeking asylum in the US back then, which they had to disregard to do that. You needed a sponsor in the US, you needed a certificate from the local constabulary (Nazis, if from Germany) that you were a person of good character, there were quotas...


17 posted on 08/22/2020 11:55:02 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 ("SHUT UP!" he explained.)
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To: Eleutheria5

The Nationalists, they were the only legally recognized government, even by the USSR.


18 posted on 08/22/2020 11:58:20 PM PDT by untenured
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That must be why the Chicoms and the left do not lionize him. Mao-tze gooood. Chiang-kai baaaaad. Also why Lin-yu Tang is all but ignored, despite his many profound writings and insights.


19 posted on 08/23/2020 12:02:04 AM PDT by Eleutheria5 ("SHUT UP!" he explained.)
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Domo Arigato Gozahimashita Sugihara kami-samma!

The Shinto god Amaterasu omi kami surely smiles on him as does Jehovah.


20 posted on 08/23/2020 5:41:14 AM PDT by Candor7 (The song Akatonbo( Red Dragonfly):https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MLblM3mW7vk)
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