Pamięć o Sugiharze i "wizach życia” w Polsce [The memory of Sugihara and "visas of life" in Poland]

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Journal Article
Studia z Dziejow Rosji i Europy Srodkowo-Wschodniej, 2016, 51 (1), pp. 117 - 144
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The article examines the historical memory of the so-called ‘visas for life’ issued in 1940 by the Japanese Consul in Kaunas, Sugihara Chiune, to Polish war refugees mainly of Jewish origin. He is memorialised in Japan, Lithuania and in the countries where the refugees ultimately settled, but not in Poland, where he remains almost unknown and has only few places dedicated to his memory. These often focus more on Sugihara’s cooperation with the Polish intelligence and their contribution to the visas action rather than the humanitarian and heroic deed of Sugihara, its message of tolerance and equality, or on the fate of the refugees.
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