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Oral history interview with Yukiko Sugihara

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.296 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0296

Yukiko Sugihara discusses her youth in Numazu, Japan; her marriage to Mr. Chiune Sugihara; their move to Kovno (now Kaunas), Lithuania after his diplomatic posting; her memory of lines forming outside of the embassy beginning in July 1940; her husband's request to the Japanese government to grant him permission to grant visas, and the denial of that request; her husband's decision to grant transit visas to the Jewish people who wanted to leave Lithuania; the thousands of visas that he wrote over a period of about a month; his concerns about the possible consequences; her husband's sadness about his demotion after he returned to Japan due to his actions in Lithuania, but also his contentment that he had been able to help those people.

Yukiko Sugihara
Lani Silver
interview:  1995 January 20
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2021-02-01 16:11:28
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