Persona Non Grata: The Chiune Sugihara Story

Top Pick January 30, 2020 Boston $10.00 - $40.00
Toshiaki Karasawa as Chiune Sugihara in Persona Non Grata
Toshiaki Karasawa as Chiune Sugihara in “Persona Non Grata” (Promotional still)

This film tells the previously unknown story of Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat (sometimes called “the Schindler of Japan”) and his life leading up to, as well as after, his decision to issue over 2,000 visas to Jewish refugees in Kaunas, Lithuania, resulting in saving the lives of over 6,000 people.

Caught between the unbending policies of his country now bound by a treaty with Nazi Germany and his awakening moral responsibilities, we follow his life from his early days in Manchuria to his eventual posting in Lithuania and his appointment with destiny, which would forever brand him a hero.

The film will be introduced by director Cellin Gluck and followed by an audience Q&A. The program will begin at 7 p.m. with remarks by the Consul General of Japan in Boston Mr. Setsuo Omori.

Join us beforehand at 5:30 p.m. for a kosher-style Japanese-inspired dinner.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020, 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm
The Vilna Shul, Boston's Center for Jewish Culture
18 Phillips St
Boston, MA 02114
$40.00 Dinner, film and conversation
$10.00 Film and conversation

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