Tuesday, February 19, 2019

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Z. J. Loussac Library - Wilda Marston Auditorium

 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (Doors open at 5:30 pm)

Opening Ceremony (Invited) Speakers:

  • Suzanne Ishii-Regan, President, Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
  • Masatoshi Sato, Head Consul, Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage
  • Michael Oblath, Rabbi and Director, Congregation Beth Shalom
  • Yosef Greenberg, Rabbi and Director, Lubavitch Jewish Center of Alaska
  • Junichi Kajioka, Film Director, Sugihara Survivors: Jewish and Japanese, Past and Future

²    Introduction: Hiroko Harada, Director, University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA) MontgomeryDickson Center for Japanese Language & Culture

About the event: Out of the Holocaust: Remembrance of Chiune Sugihara, Japanese Vice-Consul toLithuania

This event honors the heroic acts of a Japanese diplomat stationed in Lithuania during World War II, who saved 6000 Jewish people’s lives by issuing transit visas via Japan, standing against the orders of the Japanese government which was allied with the German Axis Powers.

The event includes a photo exhibit and screening of the documentary film, Sugihara Survivors: Jewish and Japanese, Past and Future. Director Junichi Kajioka will speak about the film following the presentation.

With today’s ever complicated world-wide social conditions and the growing refugee crisis looming as a global dilemma, the proposed event, Out of the Holocaust: Remembrance of Chiune Sugihara is indeed timely and recognizes the importance of sharing knowledge about the humanitarian actions of Sugihara and his courageous moral heroism.

The accompanying Chiune Sugihara Photo Exhibit will be on view until March 2nd on the 3rd Floor ofLoussac Library.

This event is a part of the “Day of Remembrance,”  追憶の日, established by JACL in 1978 to commemorate the Japanese American internment during Word War II under United State’s Executive Order 9066 issued on this date February 19th, 1942. “Day of Remembrance” honors the legacy of the 110,000 men, women and children of Japanese ancestry who were evacuated to internment camps during WWII. This is tragic period of our American history, not to be forgotten and never t

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