Nobuki Sugihara and his wife touring the Holocaust History Museum
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05 June 2016
On Sunday 5 June, Nobuki Sugihara, son of Righteous Among the Nations Chiune-Sempo Sugihara, visited Yad Vashem. Chiume Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat who during World War II helped save thousands of Jews mainly from Lithuania, was awarded this prestigious honor in 1984 and is one of approximately 26,000 non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews during the Holocaust.
This was Nobuki Sugihara's first visit to Yad Vashem since the new Museum Complex was dedicated in 2005. Together with his wife, Sugihara toured the Holocaust History Museum, visited the Righteous Among the Nations tree planted in honor of his father, and viewed the Children's Memorial. At the end of his visit, he thanked Yad Vashem for preserving the accurate history and memory of the Holocaust for the next generations. He wrote: "We will never forget." Following his visit to Yad Vashem, Sugihara departed for the Mir Yeshiva in Jerusalem - the ultimate destination of the thousands of Mir Hassidim that Chiune Sugihara saved during the war by providing them will visas to Japan.