The Japanese consul to Lithuania, Chiune-Sempo Sugihara, issued nearly 3,000 transit visas to Jewish refugees stranded in Lithuania after the outbreak of World War II. The visas enabled their escape from the noose that was tightening around them. By issuing the visas, he utilized the small window of time left to him before Lithuania was occupied by the Soviets, and acted contrary to the instructions of his superiors in the Foreign Office in Tokyo.
Sunday to Thursday: 09:00-17:00
Fridays and Holiday eves: 09:00-14:00
Yad Vashem is closed on Saturdays and all Jewish Holidays.
Entrance to the Holocaust History Museum is not permitted for children under the age of 10. Babies in strollers or carriers will not be permitted to enter.