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Toshiaki Karasawa as Chiune Sugihara in Persona Non Grata

By Alyza D. Lewin, Special To JTA The story of Chiune Sugihara — the Japanese consul in Kovno, Lithuania, who disobeyed his government’s orders in 1940 and issued transit visas through Japan to thousands of Jews seeking to flee war-torn Europe — wasn’t widely known until 1985, when Yad Vashem,

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