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Sunday, March 1 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Chiune Sugihara Sempo--A Shining Light in the Depths of Darkness

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Against government orders, Chiune (Sempo) Sugihara issued Japanese transit visas for about 2500 of the 20,000 Jews who fled Poland for Vilna in 1939/40. About 2000 of these Jews survived, including George Bluman's parents Nathan and Susan as well as his Uncle Lolek and Lolek's wife.  They travelled to Moscow, Vladivostok, Tsuruga and Kobe, Japan.  More than 10% of those saved by Sugihara ended up in Canada, including many in Vancouver.

This talk will focus on what Sugihara did, what motivated him and his legacy. George will also talk about his family's connections with the Sugihara family, which continues to this day.

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George Bluman

George Bluman is Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, UBC.  He is a past chair of the Vancouver Kristallnacht Commemoration Committee. His parents were saved by the heroic Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara; he has given many public talks on Sugihara in Vancouver and Japan. In March... Read More →

Sunday March 1, 2020 2:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Room D