Film Explores WWII Act of Courage 2/1

The Global Education Center will sponsor a film screening and panel discussion on the remarkable story of Chiune Sugihara, the Japanese diplomat who saved thousands of Jews during World War II.

"Sugihara: Conspiracy of Kindness" will be screened on Wednesday Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. in Brantl Lecture Hall, Dickson Hall.

As part of the Global Education Center's Forum on International Issues, the program will include a panel discussion with Rabbi Marvin Tokayer, co-author, The Fugu Plan: The Untold Story of the Japanese and the Jews During World War II; Dr. Xu Xin, professor of Jewish studies, University of Nanjing and Dr. Kenneth Olenik, professor of history, MSU.

This documentary film examines the impact of one man's extraordinary act of courage as Hitler swept through Eastern Europe in the fall of 1939. In the face of the Nazi onslaught, Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara, at great risk to his family and career, used his diplomatic power as Japanese Consul to Lithuania to rescue desperate Jewish refugees. He defied Tokyo authorities by writing transit visas for more than 2,000 passports, allowing hundreds of families to flee Europe through Russia to Japan and safe havens abroad. The film explores this inspiring story through unprecedented access to Sugihara's family and their personal home movies, photos and papers, and with interviews with Sugihara survivors and their descendants.

For further information, contact the Global Education Center at 973-655-4185 or This event is free and open to the public.