Jewish refugees in Kaunas, Lithuania were given transit visas signed by Japanese Consul Sempo Sugihara that enabled them to cross the Soviet Union and travel to Japan. From September 1940 until March 1941, Tatsuao Osako made some twenty trips from Vladisvostok to Tsuruga in Japan, bringing Jewish refugees who had fled from Europe with the help of transit visas issued by Sugihara. Osako was apparently given a number of photos as a souvenir by the ship’s passengers. Yad Vashem recently received pages from an album with these photos and is seeking your help in providing information about these passengers.
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